The San Francisco Chronicle uncovered a memo that outlines a sexual harassment complaint against the UC-Davis marching band filed in May by Tom Slabaugh, the band's former director. The memo cited "ridiculous, disturbing, and offensive" incidents during his tenure last year.
Among the list of alleged incidents and behaviors, in no particular order:
Slabaugh, 44, took stress leave from UC-Davis in September and is also completing a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Washington. The veteran band director has called the Cal Aggie band a "hostile work environment."
In response to the complaints, the university has put the band through sexual harassment training and has removed offensive "signs, pictures, condoms, etc." from the band room walls, according to a university sexual harassment official. The school is now considering whether to give Slabaugh the power to expel unruly band members.
The band itself is hardly traditional, describing itself online as "fast, furious, and foaming at the mouth...bold, blue, and bitchin'." The band is student run and has had a reputation of being unruly, which has been exacerbated by the fact that the faculty director has no authority to expel members of the band. Before Slabaugh, the organization had not had a faculty director in four years.