Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Former members of the Ohio State University band criticized the school’s move to fire its director Jon Waters for preventing alleged “sexualized culture” of the band.
The former members claimed the university wrongly fired Waters, saying weren’t subjected to sexual harassment and are now calling for him to be reinstated.
“I did not feel like I was being sexually harassed, I did not feel like I was part of a culture that was sexualizing and objectifying me,” said Alexandra Clark, a member of the marching band from 2009 through 2011.
“It wasn’t until I saw that report by Ohio state and the investigators and their compliance dept and how people on the internet were talking about me that I actually felt sexualized and degraded,” Clark said.
Waters’ firing came after an investigation released last week exposed the “sexualized culture” of the band, which involved members marching in their underwear and senior members giving new members sexually explicit nicknames.
The university then fired band director, saying he knew of the alleged harassment but did not stop it.
“We will make this a better and safer institution and we begin today,” said OSU President Michael Drake. More than 8000 current and former Ohio state students have now signed a petition for Waters’ reinstatement, calling the move a “miscalculated overreaction”.
However, the university is standing by its decision. “It’s very difficult to see something and someone you love get dragged through the mud by a report that seems to be very biased,” Clark said.
The university has appointed a former Ohio attorney general to lead an independent task force which will conduct a full review of the band culture and recommend changes.