He was at the center of a controversy in Fall 2008 after he filed a sexual harassment complaint with UC Davis relating to events members of the band did on the road and at home. He was on medical leave from Sept. 2008 through Jan. 2009. The situation was resolved and Slabaugh continued to serve as the director of the Band-uh.
In August 2012, he resigned his UCD position and became band director of Davis High School.
- Hudson, Jeff; 2012 Dec., 19, "Slabaugh settles in as Davis high band director", Davis Enterprise, A1, accessed 12 June 2013.
2008-10-06 13:11:41 I happen to know that research was done into the position, and the faculty/administration's goals are not necessarily the same as the student council's. The real question (and if this was a woman making these complaints this discussion would probably be handled quite differently) is whether the incidents happened or not? Let's not forget that the history of this organization is filled with this exact situation.
And I'm sure he must realize that this could jeopardize his career. —Davidlm
2008-10-07 12:07:23 Armstrong & Getty devoted nearly all the latter half of the show's 9 o'clock hour yesterday in response to the linked Chronicle article.
2009-03-02 11:50:01 I am taking MUS 113, Beginning Conducting, from Tom Slabaugh this quarter (Winter 2009) and he is a really good teacher. He shows concern about the students and rather than lecturing, asks students for their opinions and generates good discussions. —musicamyl