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Board of Trustees to discuss Title IX program

The OSU Board of Trustees is set to discuss the Title IX program at its Aug. 28 meeting. Credit: Ritika Shaw / Lantern TV News director

The OSU Board of Trustees is set to discuss the Title IX program at its Aug. 28 meeting.
Credit: Ritika Shaw / Lantern TV News director

The Ohio State Board of Trustees is slated to meet this week to vote on topics including a review of the university’s compliance with federal regulations.

The Audit and Compliance Committee expressed particular concern over its Title IX program, which it says is at “high risk” according to the meeting agenda.

Former marching band director Jonathan Waters was fired July 24 following a two-month university investigation that found the band contained a sexualized culture and that Waters had not done enough to stop it.

The Board agenda lists particular concern over the risk of potential litigation or reputational harm. The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is currently conducting a four-year compliance review of OSU’s Title IX program.

The agenda also says there are ongoing negotiations with the office over a proposed resolution agreement.

The Board is also set to review the university’s status after the Fiscal Year 2014 and make budgetary and investment plans for FY 2015.

The biggest financial changes will come from reallocation of the university’s long-term investment pool.

That pool beat its expectation of approximately 11 percent, receiving a return of about 13 percent, with a return of 21 percent in its global equity markets.

In response to market changes, chief financial officer Geoff Chatas is set to ask the Finance Committee to reallocate its assets, including eliminating investments in private capital while increasing the percentage of assets in global equities. Those assets are now set to comprise 40 to 80 percent of its total long-term investments, up from the previous range of 10 to 50 percent.

The university’s financial revenue has also been positive in its “But For Ohio State Campaign.” The fundraising campaign, which began in 2012, aims to raise $2.5 billion by 2016. The university goal at the end of FY14 was to raise $1.83 billion, and it has raised more than $1.97 billion.

Fundraising in that campaign is earmarked for specific areas, some of which are currently far short of their targets. Though fundraising for faculty and research far surpassed their target, the targets for modernizing classrooms, student-focused dollars, and an initiative to “drive high-impact innovation” are currently behind. “Drive high-impact innovation” and modernization of learning environments were each about $100 million short of their goals of more than $300 million.

Along with analysis of its financial status, the board is set make personnel changes to its own committees. After the expiration in July of Robert Schottenstein and Alan Brass’s trustee seats, lawyer and philanthropist Abigail Wexner and Alex Fischer, president and CEO of Columbus Partnership, were both appointed to the Board. Wexner and Fischer are both to be appointed to seats on the Advancement Committee Friday. Additionally, Fischer is set to be appointed to the Finance Committee and Wexner is set to join the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee, as well as the Wexner Medical Center Board.


  1. The Board probably only knows what Garrity-Rokous and Glaros, of Compliance and “Integrity” tell it. Bet they had no clue about all this BS. Will they be held responsible or will they be protected?

  2. Jon Waters should be standing at the door waiting for them to arrive.

  3. Buckeye in the West

    “The Board agenda lists particular concern over the risk of potential litigation or reputational harm.”

    Hmmm. We have to say to whom; the Administration of Ohio State? Obviously, it is not Jon Waters, members of the OSUMB, alumni of the OSUMB, alumni in general and the student body of Ohio State. The administration, and Board of Trustees, is worried about losing federal research dollars; that’s it. Never the mind that they already besmirched the reputation of Ohio State, by endorsing the termination of Jon Waters, with an “investigative report”, which looked like it was put together by a high school freshman.

    To add to an already tarnished reputation, they chose, to release to the world, the underground song book and so called “exam” so anyone, including hose under 18, can have access to it. Never the mind, that in some states, the possession of such material is illegal. Possession could lead to conviction of being a sex offender, in some states.

    So, in the process of of trying to destroy the career of one person, they managed to also destroy the reputation of Ohio State, defame its band director, its band, its alumni, and its students.

    The Board of Directors, President Drake and the Office of Compliance is what caused “reputational harm” to Ohio State; no one else. They are the ones to open themselves up to litigation; no one else. They are the ones who looked the other way with Title IX compliance; no one else. And they are the ones that deserve the consequences of their actions; no one else.

    This is another case of very wealthy people doing what they want and making someone else take the fall for their actions; or lack thereof. The was a problem with their strategy, this time, they did not reckon on thousands of people standing up against greedy, self centered, money grubbing, cowards and bullies.

    Yes, the Board of Trustees should prepare for several lawsuits. One from Jon Waters, and class action suits from the band alumni, the student body and from the alumni. I am hoping that I get a letter from David Axelrod to participate in such a class action suit. It is time that people stand up against cowards and bullies who think they always get their way, and manage to evade any legal consequences.

    These lawsuits can be avoided with reinstatement of Jon Waters, an true apology to the OSUMB, its alumni, the alumni and students of Ohio State. In addition, the resignation of the Board of Trustees, President Drake and the complete replacement of the staff in the OSU Compliance office.

    This is not going to go away and no one is going to “move on”.

  4. Former Buckeye Also

    The title IX program definitely needs investigated. They over stepped their scope in firing Jon Waters.

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