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Ohio State to form task force after band scandal

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 26, 2014 at 12:29 pm •  Published: July 26, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University says a task force will be formed to help bring changes after the firing of its celebrated marching band's director amid allegations he ignored rampant sexual harassment.

The university intends to name the task force members within days, the Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1AjaGfp ). They will study how to reverse a band culture of sexual harassment and objectionable traditions.

The university dismissed director Jonathan Waters on Thursday after a two-month investigation concluded that he knew about but failed to stop rituals that included students being pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs and perform sexually themed stunts that yielded often-explicit nicknames.

The university has said former state Attorney General Betty Montgomery will lead an independent follow-up review to the probe by the university's Office of Compliance and Integrity.

Among other recommendations, investigators said the school should require training for band staff and members about sexual harassment and the dangers of hazing and alcohol abuse.

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