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OSU Marching Band Alumni Club demands Waters' reinstatement

 
OSU Marching Band Alumni Club demands Waters' reinstatement
Posted Thursday, July 31st 2014 @ 9am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --The Ohio State University Marching Band's TBDBITL Alumni Club released a statement Wednesday night, calling for Jon Waters' immediate reinstatement as band director.

The group listed a number of what it believes are flaws in the university's investigation of the former band director:

1. The allegations contained in the University’s Investigation Report were not presented in writing to Mr. Waters until after he was given the choice to resign or be terminated, when he was handed the Investigation Report. He was not afforded due process and his attorneys were given no opportunity to make any sort of presentation in his defense.

2. The original complaint purportedly leading to the investigation involved a claim related to a reported alleged sexual assault off campus involving a student alleging misconduct by another student. Mr. Waters duly reported the sexual assault in accordance with University procedures.

3. The witnesses interviewed and quoted in the Investigation Report were recommended for the interviews solely by the Complainant. The investigators did not reach out beyond those designated witnesses. Only 4 of 225 current members of the Band were interviewed.

4. University Provost Joseph Steinmetz discussed continuation of Mr. Waters in his current position coupled with inclusion of an outside consultant to address “band culture” but unilaterally withdrew the option, terminating Mr. Waters instead. When Mr. Waters left his prior meeting with the Provost he believed he was keeping his job, only to be told a few days later that he must resign or be fired.

5. As OSUMB director for less than two years Mr. Waters had already instituted several unprecedented formal and informal means to address relationships, interaction, issue sensitivity and leadership within the Ohio State University Marching Band, which were the subject of praise within the University community, but not recited in the Investigation Report.

6. At no time prior to or after his termination has University President Drake met Jon Waters, let alone discussed the allegations in the Investigation Report with him.

The Alumni Club claims the honor and traditions of generations of members and staff of the Ohio State University Marching Band have been misrepresented, insulted and dishonored by the release of what it calls the university's "unbalanced" Investigation.

Meantime, Waters' attorney says the former director was working to change a culture of hazing and inappropriate rituals among members.

David Axelrod says Waters detailed the changes he was trying to make in a seven-page document prepared when the university began investigating allegations of problems with the band.

 

 

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