7:06 PM / Wednesday September 28, 2022

7 Jan 2012

FAMU Trustees will create anti-hazing committee

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
January 7, 2012 Category: Stateside Posted by:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University’s board of trustees approved plans to create an independent committee to study hazing last Monday as well as a memorial to a marching band member who police say died after being punched and paddled during a hazing ritual.


The death of drum major Robert Champion in November and the alleged severe beating of another band member have brought renewed scrutiny to a hazing culture in the band. The board also announced it would name a scholarship after Champion.


Champion’s family responded through their attorney.


“Memorials, scholarships and committees will not bring Robert Champion back, nor will they prevent another student from dying as a result of the culture of hazing in the FAMU marching band,” the family’s attorney, Christopher Chestnut, said in an email. “We hope that the FAMU administration focuses its time and resources on developing substantive strategies that protect its band members from hazing; that is the legacy Robert would have wanted.”


The five-member committee will study hazing at other universities, methods that have helped students resist hazing and how to best govern FAMU’s famed Marching 100 band.


The committee will not investigate Champion’s death or other hazing being investigated by law enforcement.


Trustees and university officials are being asked to make recommendations for a list of potential committee members. The committee’s makeup and a timeline for its work will be decided over the next 30 days.


The medical examiner in Orlando declared Champion’s death a homicide after finding that he suffered bruises to his chest, arms, shoulder and back and the resulting internal bleeding caused him to go into shock, which killed him. Police said Champion was beaten Nov. 19 during the Marching 100 band trip to the annual Florida Classic in Orlando.


Any death involving hazing is a third-degree felony in Florida, but no charges have been filed so far in Champion’s death. In a separate case, three band members were arrested in the Oct. 31 beating of a woman band member whose thigh bone was broken.



Band director Julian White was initially fired by FAMU President James Ammons, then re-instated and put on administrative leave. Four students dismissed by the university were also reinstated while authorities work on the investigation.


The plans for the anti-hazing committee, the memorial and the scholarship were suggested by DKC Inc., a public relations firm hired to assist the university with crisis management and communication.


Though the trustees have reprimanded Ammons, the board rejected Gov. Rick Scott’s recommendation that he also be placed on administrative leave.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News


Mail ballot fight persists in key states, sure to slow count

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Processed mail-in ballots are seen at the Chester County Voter Services...


Wolf administration recognizes Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email HARRISBURG, Pa. — Leadership from multiple state agencies joined advocates from Prevent Suicide...


Art program helps people living with dementia

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Sylvia M. paints a colorful pattern at an “ARTZ in the...

Color Of Money

EXPLAINER: How the strong U.S. dollar can affect everyone

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email By Stan Choe ASSOCIATED PRESS  NEW YORK — The buck isn’t stopping. The...

Go With The-Flo

Roz Nixon visits with Lillias White to see her debut in the current Broadway hit “Hadestown”

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Roz Nixon and Lillias White By Flo Anthony Curtis “50 Cent”...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Roasted Curried Cauliflower

September 23, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’? Garlic “Butter” Mushrooms and Cauliflower...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff