OSU spends nearly $900 an hour on band probe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Documents show Ohio State University is paying nearly $900 an hour for work on an investigation studying the culture inside its marching band.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the university is paying the David Vaughn Consulting Group $460 an hour and the Arent Fox law firm $425 an hour. Both groups were hired as part of a task force led by former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery.

The school requested Montgomery’s review after the July 24 firing of band director Jonathan Waters in the wake of a university investigation. The two-month probe concluded Waters knew about but failed to stop a “sexualized culture” in the band.

The newspaper reports university officials will release final costs when the investigation is completed.

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