Higher-Education Board Calls For Investigation Into Florida A&M U Hazing

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Citing its "grave concern" over hazing activities at Florida A&M University, the state's Board of Governors has called for an investigation into whether administrators did enough to prevent hazing in the famed marching band and throughout the campus.

In a letter to FAMU's trustees, Board of Governors Chairwoman Ava Parker said she was prompted by Robert Champion's death to scrutinize school leaders' actions to prevent and punish hazing amid allegations from the band director that he received little disciplinary support.

The letter was dated Tuesday, a day before drum major Robert Champion was laid to rest in Decatur, Ga., where hundreds gathered to mourn his death following a suspected hazing attack Nov. 19 in Orlando.

Tico Perez, one of 17 board members that oversee the state's public universities, said he supported Parker's call for a probe.

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