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Board of Governors of the TBDBITL Alumni Club Releases Statement on Firing of Jon Waters - Calls for Continued Investigation

Board of Governors of the TBDBITL Alumni Club Releases Statement on Firing of Jon Waters - Calls for Continued Investigation

Last night, the Board of Governors of the TBDBITL Alumni Club released a statement on the firing of OSU Band Director, Jon Waters. They believe Waters' leadership should continue and that further investigation on his firing should continue.

Below is the full statement from the Board of Governors of the TBDBITL Alumni Club, Inc.:

"Jonathan Waters has served with distinction, honor and exceptional commitment as Director of The Ohio State University Marching Band.

Without question we believe that service should continue. The Board of Governors of the TBDBITL Alumni Club, Inc., the alumni organization representing decades of Band alumni, unequivocally and without reservation calls for the immediate reinstatement of Jonathan Waters as Director of the Marching and Athletic Bands at Ohio State.

Notwithstanding the apparent longstanding concerns revealed anecdotally in the unilateral Investigation Report now released by the University, we believe that only Mr. Waters can unite the current band members, the alumni, and the University community in addressing those issues. No one is legitimately served by his removal.

Our own investigation over the last few days, since the wrongful termination of Mr. Waters, reveals the following:

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.


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