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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.


[Last modified: Monday, June 4, 2012 3:41pm]


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