Petition to Remove Doug Cowden

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The disorganization and overall negligent behavior that currently runs the Mercer University Marching Band program is unacceptable. Mr. Cowden's use of racial slurs and repeated sexual harassment have created a hostile and offensive environment not suitable in Mercer's professional workplace. Despite many meetings with Mr. Cowden, a significant change has not been accomplished. Mr. Cowden's repeated actions violate Title IX, and are decreasing the involvement in the Marching Band Program. In one year, the amount of members decreased from 90 to 60, and currently the entire percussion section is scheduled to quit. Rather than continuing down the current path of decreasing numbers and unhappy alumni, Mr. Cowden must be removed. We, as signatories of this document agree that the replacement of Mr. Cowden would remedy these problems and lead to the improvement and growth of the Mercer University Marching Band program. We appreciate the time and consideration, and hope that the presentation of this petition will make an impact on any decisions being made about the future staff of the Mercer University Marching Band.

By signing this petition, I, (sign name on line below), agree that the replacement of Doug Cowden, current Director of Athletic Bands, would prove beneficial to the Mercer University Marching Band, and other associated programs.

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