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Shaw University suspends band director

Posted August 8, 2015 5:27 p.m. EDT
Updated August 8, 2015 5:32 p.m. EDT

— The Shaw University band director was suspended with pay Saturday while administrators investigate "behavior alleged to be inconsistent with the University's policies and principles," according to a statement.

Administrators said that the suspension of Charles Brown, director of the Platinum Sound, is unrelated to the recent reallocation of band scholarships and is strictly a personnel matter.

On Tuesday, dozens of members of the Platinum Sound Marching Band protested outside Shaw's administrative building after President-elect Tashni Dubroy decided to shift some tuition grant money from them, the football team and the men's and women's basketball teams to the Honors College, students who have GPAs of 3.5 or better and the choir.

According to the statement, the suspension will not affect financial aid awards previously given to student band members.

The paid suspension is "standard process necessary for a thorough and reliable investigation of the allegations," the statement said.