Florida A&M University has dismissed four students amid growing pressure from top state education officials and the governor’s office over an alleged hazing incident that led to the death of a 26-year-old drum major.
The expulsions come after the university’s famed Marching 100 band was suspended and its director asked to resign over Robert Champion’s death last month on a bus in Orlando. The latest moves by President James Ammons appear to be the first severe anti-hazing disciplinary actions implemented by a FAMU leader against the band, despite a decades-long trail of hazing allegations.
"I want to report that four (4) students have been dismissed from the university in connection to the Robert Champion incident," Ammons wrote in the memo to the board of trustees.
The memo did not mention the names of the four students or how they are connected to Champion’s death.