Reinstate Jon Waters as Director of Marching & Athletic Bands
  • Petitioning OSU Board of Trustees

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OSU Board of Trustees
President, The Ohio State University
Michael Drake
Exec Vice President & Provost, The Ohio State University
Joseph Steinmetz

Reinstate Jon Waters as Director of Marching & Athletic Bands

    1. Eric Bond
    2. Petition by

      Eric Bond

      Ada, MI

President Drake & OSU Board of Trustees:

We, the undersigned, feel that your swift decision to terminate Jon Waters as Director of Marching & Athletic Bands is a miscalculated overreaction, and urge you to reconsider.

Even without debating whether the recently published report displays bias, or whether it sources information from an incredibly small sample size (given the enormity of both the organization and the alumni base), please also take the following into account:

- College, in general, occasionally promotes a “sexualized culture.” When issues of sexual harassment arise, they’re dealt with on the level of the initiating individual. By aiming at the top of the organization, you’re setting a dangerous precedent that, by the same logic, could have you stepping down from your own roles once lustful students return to campus residence halls in the Fall.

- However, when it comes to the organizational culture, few have been as adamant or worked as hard as Jon Waters to improve the culture in recent years. This was mentioned in a couple of the “official” statements in the report, and surely in numerous personal accounts, letters, and emails that have been shared in recent days.

- Great leaders and change management experts know that issuing a directive does not result in creating a new culture. Large groups/organizations are historically especially resistant to change. Rather, changing minds and attitudes, inspiring individuals to change for the betterment of the group while still recognizing the past, and taking steadfast and graduated steps in the right direction – these are how to effect change and were evident in Jon Waters’ approach.

Undoubtedly, you’re receiving many letters and emails in support of Jon Waters. We, too, feel that dismissing Jon Waters was an improper way to handle the situation, and strongly request that you reinstate him as Director of Marching & Athletic Bands. We believe that he is the best-equipped individual to effect change in the organization, and was given an inadequate chance to do so. #standwithjon

OSU Board of Trustees
Michael Drake, President, The Ohio State University
Joseph Steinmetz, Exec Vice President & Provost, The Ohio State University
Reinstate Jon Waters as Director of Marching & Athletic Bands

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    1. Stay Involved!

      Eric Bond
      Petition Organizer

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      - Friday, August 29: Attend the OSU Board of Trustees meeting, 9:30am, Longaberger Alumni House. Wear shirts, hold signs as trustees arrive.
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    2. Reached 12,500 signatures

      Eric Bond
      Petition Organizer

      We're over 8,500 strong, and still growing!

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    4. Reached 8,000 signatures
    5. Progress Update

      Eric Bond
      Petition Organizer

      Tremendous thanks to all who have signed the petition, spread the word to others, and contributed your comments and personal experiences!

      We have nearly 6,000 supporters in 3 days - let's keep the momentum going! After all, we have nearly 80 pages of reasons #WeStandWithJon!

    6. Reached 5,000 signatures
    7. Progress Update

      Eric Bond
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to all who have taken a stand to be counted in support of Jon.

      Less than 24 hours after launching the petition, we already have well over 2,000 signatures. At this time, 37 states are represented, as well as the Armed Forces, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. This diverse support is made up of current and alumni band members, OSU alumni, fans of tOSUMB, fellow music educators, colleagues and acquaintances, and the general public.

      Please continue to spread the word and encourage others to join in showing their support!

    8. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brian Straub UPPER ARLINGTON, OH
      • about 16 hours ago

      The OSUMB deserves the best leadership and Jon is the best to lead this organization forward in every way.

    • Penny Bach PENTWATER, MI
      • about 19 hours ago

      As an alumna, this whole affair has brought dishonor to the University. Yes, it appears the culture is sexualized but it is also true that this had been the case for decades. Why should this one band director take the fall? Let him clean it up, now that it's apparent that's what the University wants. As a former member of a marching band and a participant in dramatic productions, I can tell you that people do change clothes in front of one another, even at the high school level. Usually this is done in such a rush that there is no time to do any gawking. These young people are just that -- young. Teasing is part of that age cohort. Reinstate. Establish ground rules. Move on. Let the director who put OSU on the world-wide map build new traditions and build on the legacy of excellence that is TBDBITL.

    • Emily Smith AMELIA, OH
      • about 20 hours ago

      Jon Waters is a caring, inspiring director. I performed under his direction in numerous bands in the school of music from 2001-2003 and always felt he created environments of respect. He deserves to be reinstated, and would bring a culture of respect to the band.

    • Allison Atkinson COLUMBUS, OH
      • about 21 hours ago

      It certainly seems that the BoT and Prez have made the wrong call here. Reinstate this man and make massive apologies for causing so much heartache. This is going to cost you, either way, but continuing in folly is a poor choice indeed.

    • Ned Kuivinen PHOENIX, AZ
      • about 21 hours ago

      this bogus "investigation" has besmirched the reputation of the best college marching band EVER and destroyed the career of a very creative and capable director


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