No report of police at recent OSU band rituals

In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)
In this Sept. 7, 2013 photo, Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a NCAA football game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. OSU on Thursday, July 24, 2014 fired Waters amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State officials say there is no recent record of campus police attending an annual ritual where marching band members entered Ohio Stadium in their underwear.

The Midnight Ramps were cited in an investigation into the band’s “sexualized culture” that resulted in band director Jonathan Waters’ July 24 firing.

Waters has said the university’s police and athletic departments witnessed the longstanding event over the years, suggesting the school’s tacit approval. The school says there is no record of its police attending the event during his tenure.

A band alumni group says dozens have witnessed police at the events, and the lack of documentation probably indicates it was just “one of those wink-and-nod cool traditions.”

University administrators say the late-night marches and other off-color revelations of the probe surprised them.

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