COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University is requiring its roughly 150 alumni clubs and societies to stay silent when it comes to disparaging comments about the school, or risk losing money and other perks it provides them. Most are signing on.
The move comes two years after the school fired its marching band director because of an internal investigation that found a “sexualized culture” in the band. That prompted one of its most visible alumni groups to speak out publicly against the university and offer the fired employee public relations and legal help.
The university tells The Associated Press the band controversy isn’t connected to the alumni group changes, which began months before Jonathan Waters’ firing in 2014.
Ohio State says it’s an effort to protect its multibillion-dollar brand.