OU has paid over $1.5 million to the Jones Day firm investigating former OU President David Boren, according to a report by The Oklahoman.
The firm, first acquired to investigate misreporting of donations to the college-ranking U.S. News and World Report, had been investigating Boren since November following “allegations of serious misconduct,” according to vice president for marketing and communications Lauren Brookey.
During the firm’s investigation, OU graduate Jess Eddy alleged sexual misconduct by Boren and former vice president for university development Tripp Hall, but a university spokesperson told campus newspaper The OU Daily that the firm was only investigating misconduct for one individual.
Boren has denied the allegations and cut all ties with the university in June. Although a statement from the Board of Regents stated his resignation ended university involvement with the investigation, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s inquiry has continued with grand jury proceedings and is being handled by special counsel.
The investigations have cost the university over a million taxpayer dollars, and $489,367 in July alone, according to The Oklahoman. However, the university has released minimal information about the investigation, which concluded last month according to Board of Regents chairwoman Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes. Jones Day provided the Board of Regents with the report on the investigation’s findings in April.
A university spokesperson said OU does not expect any more larger payments to Jones Day, but there could be smaller payments for miscellaneous fees from the law firm, according to a report by The Daily.