Last week, four more members of FAMU’s marching 100 band were arrested on hazing-related charges that were not related to Robert Champion’s death. Since then, CNN has reported that the University’s president has decided to suspend all summer band camps and recruitment for other organizations. FAMU’s president of its Student Government Organization says, “This issue of hazing has had a far-reaching impact on the university and I believe that we need to pause for a moment to make sure that all of our students are ready to seriously move in a direction which will result in a complete culture change.”
The president of Florida A&M University said the college is canceling its summer band camp program and suspending all clubs as the school continues to deal with the fallout from the suspected hazing death of a marching band student.
“Our top priority is the health, safety and well being of students,” said FAMU President James Ammons on Tuesday. “We are convening a panel of experts and outstanding thinkers to provide advice and recommendations on the operation of student organizations. Before we enter into a new student intake process, we should have the benefit of the work coming from the committees and the investigations.”
The move comes weeks after four members of the university’s fabled Marching 100 band were arrested on hazing-related charges. Those charges are unrelated to the suspected hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion in November.
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