Hazing Death: Florida A&M U Trustees Reprimand President

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Trustees at Florida A&M University on Thursday publicly reprimanded President James Ammons, saying he has done a poor job of keeping them informed and consulting them on issues related to the recent death of student Robert Champion.

Trustee Rufus Montgomery had pushed to place Ammons on leave while state law enforcement officials investigate the circumstances that caused Champion's death after an apparent hazing ritual in Orlando last month.

But the board of trustees instead decided to issue a reprimand to make its displeasure known.

Ammons, FAMU's president since 2007, declined to comment other than to say: "I heard the board loudly and clearly."

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