UPDATE: Fired OSU Band Director Says He Was Fixing Culture

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email
Jonathan Waters detailed the changes he was trying to make in a seven-page document.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The fired Ohio State University marching band director says he was working to change its sexualized culture when he was dismissed.

Jonathan 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.

His attorney released the document Wednesday night.

The university fired Waters last week after a two-month investigation concluded he knew about but failed to stop rituals that included students being pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs, and perform sexually themed stunts that yielded often-explicit nicknames.

Waters says he was taking steps to change the band's culture of inappropriate behavior and vulgarity.

Also Wednesday, the band's alumni association issued a statement supporting Waters.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/24/14
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University has fired the director of its celebrated marching band amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.

Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade. His popular halftime shows drew millions of viewers on YouTube.

The Columbus Dispatch first reported his firing. Fledgling university President Michael Drake on Thursday released details of a two-month investigation found Waters knew about and failed to correct a "sexualized" culture where students were pressured to march in their underwear and earn sexually-explicit nicknames with performances.

Messages were left with Waters seeking comment.

Drake said the band season will continue as the search for a new director begins. Former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery will lead a full review


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