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OSU band alumni announce their own investigation into director's firing
Former marching band members continue to fight firing of Jon Waters
Story by MANDIE TRIMBLE


 
Alumni for the Ohio State Marching Band are opening their own investigation into the firing of Jon Waters.
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Two weeks after the Ohio State University Marching Band director was fired, some band alumni have announced they’re conducting their own investigation. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Mandie Trimble reports.

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Ohio State Marching Band alumni Gary Leppla says the university did not follow proper Title IX grievance procedures when it looked into complaints of sexual harassment in the band.

“His termination was unjust," Leppla says. "Fair hearing for both the accused and the accuser, other requirements, including the opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence. We believe those guidelines need to be followed and weren’t followed under these circumstances.”

Leppla adds Jon Waters was not encouraged to have an attorney present when he was interviewed about the band’s culture.

Waters’ attorney David Axelrod claims his client’s due process rights were violated. And Axelrod says the university denied his request for a six-day reprieve to prepare and present Waters’ case.

The university has not answered WOSU’s inquiries regarding the allegations made by Leppla and Axelrod.

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