O-H..OH NO! 'The Best Damn Band In The Land's Director Fired Over 'Sexualized Culture' - Report, Reactions & More!
The Ohio State University has fired Band Director Jon Waters citing "serious cultural issues and an environment conducive to sexual harassment within the Marching Band." The complaints have been investigated for the past two months because of a parent's complaint. Since then, more students have revealed various incidents.
The findings showed that conduct of the band and staff "is inconsistent with the University's values and Title IX requirements."
Read the entire investigation report here.
President President Michael V. Drake details the current state of the marching band and the university's plans for the future. Check it out below:
The Ohio State University then issued the following statement on the OSU Marching Band:
The Ohio State University takes very seriously its responsibility to provide a world class education, which is enriched by a positive campus culture, diverse academic experience and opportunities for personal growth. Those responsibilities are built on the University's core values of integrity, personal accountability, openness and trust.
While the Ohio State Marching Band has embraced a tradition of excellence and become a source of enormous pride for the entire Buckeye family, a recent review of the Marching Band culture and practices revealed conduct by members of the band and staff that is inconsistent with the University's values and Title IX requirements.
A thorough investigation by the Office of University Compliance over the past two months revealed serious cultural issues and an environment conducive to sexual harassment within the Marching Band. In addition, the investigation determined that Director Waters was aware or reasonably should have known about this culture but failed to eliminate it, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.