Florida A&M U Death: Vigilance Key To Changing Culture Of Hazing, Experts Say

Monday, January 23, 2012

The beating death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion is forcing school administrators to take a hard look at how they deal with the culture of hazing, especially among the famed Marching 100 band.

Though FAMU already has a firm policy against the practice — band members are forced to sign an anti-hazing pledge, scores have been suspended through the years and others have been arrested recently — it has become clear that a lot more must be done to root it out.

In the weeks since Champion's death, the FAMU board of trustees has moved to create an anti-hazing committee. One place it might turn for ideas: other universities that confronted similar tragedies, then worked hard to change the culture at their schools.

Sadly, Champion's death is no isolated incident.

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