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FAMU president postpones work of hazing task force

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December

The president of Florida A&M University is deferring to the Florida Board of Governors to investigate the school's hazing policies, following the death of a 26-year-old drum major last week.

President James Ammons had previously directed a university task force to look into the issue, but in a news release sent late Thursday, said he's delaying that group's work until the board that oversees the state university system completes its review. The FAMU task force was scheduled to meet next week.

“Based upon input from the Governor’s Office and in light of the recently announced November 29 investigation by the Board of Governors, I believe it will be prudent to postpone the work of the task force to allow this and other investigations to be pursued with our full cooperation and attention,” Ammons said.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating the incident, as well.

[Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2011 10:53am]

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