The Columbus Dispatch found that Ohio State University has a record of shielding many types of vital information from public scrutiny. This can include information on things like how the university spends public money or protects students from criminals on campus. 

Reporters analyzed five years of public-records requests made to Ohio State, and found that many people and organizations struggle to obtain what they seek, including requests from professors trying to find out why they were denied tenure, and news organizations looking for records of Ohio State athletes who suffered concussions. 

The Dispatch launched its investigation to mark Sunshine Week,  an annual event to promote the importance of an open and transparent government.