FAMU announces another task force and $50,000 for hazing research grants
Florida A&M leaders announced faculty research grants totaling $50,000 and the selection of an advisory task force as part of the university's latest efforts to rid its campus of hazing rituals following a senior band member's November death.
Florida A&M professors who receive the grants will study "the nature and extent of hazing behaviors among campus organizations and groups," President James Ammons announced in a Thursday news release. Professors will be asked to dive into the secretive and sometimes brutal nature of hazing rituals that occur within student organizations, unofficial band cliques and other "off-campus entities," among other topics.
Also on Thursday, FAMU trustees chose seven people to serve on a task force that will examine how administrators handle hazing cases at other universities, what works in persuading students not to submit to the rituals, and how to govern the famed Marching 100 band.
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