State to Probe Response to Hazing at Florida A&M

November 30, 2011

Florida's higher education governing board said Tuesday that it would begin an investigation into whether officials at Florida A&M University ignored warnings that hazing was rampant within the marching band at Florida A&M University, days after a member of the band died, an apparent hazing victim. In a letter to the chair of Florida A&M's board, Ava Parker, the chair of the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, said its review would seek to determine "whether university administration took appropriate action to address the hazing activities referenced by [Julian White, the band's former director], and any hazing activities in the student population at large."

"The events surrounding the tragic death of Robert Champion and allegations by Dr. White that he received little support despite repeatedly advising current and former university administrators of hazing activities within the Marching 100 band, is of grave concern to the Board of Governors."


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