FAMU rolling out hazing prevention plan
Florida A&M University President James Ammons will this week unveil new anti-hazing measures, including a new special assistant to the president focused solely on anti-hazing, to the university's Board of Trustees.
The announcement comes about six months after the hazing death of FAMU drum major, which lead to more than a dozen arrests.
Under Ammons's plan, the new anti-hazing special assistant would have "broad-ranging authority to address hazing issues throughout the university," according to a news release. Additionally, FAMU would put in place a compliance officer for the music department who will report directly to that assistant. FAMU's Office of Judicial Affairs would be re-organized and expanded to better adjudicate hazing issues and the university would develop a new anti-hazing website and Facebook page where students can report issues.
Ammons and trustees will also discuss this week changes for the band and a search for a new director. Former director Julian White resigned last month. The band has been suspended since Champion's death, and will remain inactive through the 2012-2013 school year.
Among new proposals for the band:
- A four-year cap on the time a student can participate
- A requirement that all band members be enrolled full-time at FAMU (Ammons told trustees last month that more than 100 band members, including some arrested in connection with Robert Champion's death, were not enrolled)
- A 20-hour-per-week limit on band practice, with a ban on any unsupervised practice
- More rigorous academic requirements for members
FAMU's trustees meet Wednesday and Thursday to discuss those and other issues.