Florida A&M University has placed two professors involved in a 2010 hazing incident on administrative leave.  Lynn Hatter reports according to a Tallahassee Police Department Incident Report, pledges of a fraternity associated with the school’s marching band were slapped on their backs and necks at an event held off-campus at the home of one of the faculty members.

The Tallahassee Police Department has released an incident report that cites two Florida A&M University music department faculty members as suspects in a hazing event that took place in 2010. According to the report, pledges of a fraternity associated with the school’s marching band were slapped on their backs and necks at an event held off-campus at the home of one of the faculty members. Lynn Hatter has more.

Florida A&M University has approved a plan changing the mission of its hazing task force. Lynn Hatter reports the change steers the committee away from its original task of delivering “best-practices” recommendations and also allows it to meet in private.

Under the new designation of a “fact-finding” mission, FAMU’s anti-hazing task force does not have to hold public meetings. University trustee Belinda Shannon says the change will allow the committee to meet as “expeditiously as possible.” But the move has its critics, like fellow trustee Rufus Montgomery.

The University of Florida has temporarily suspended its chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity after learning about a hazing incident involving fraternity members. Florida Public Radio’s Trimmel Gomes reports, little is known publicly about the case except it being described as a “serious physical hazing incident.”

University Spokeswoman Janine Sikes says campus police are still trying to piece together what happened over the weekend that lead to the incident.

UF Fraternity suspended amidst hazing scandal

Feb 9, 2012

The University of Florida is suspending the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity after a hazing incident that took place Saturday.  University President Bernie Machen sent an email to the student body, calling on all students to reject hazing. University spokeswoman Janine Sikes says they took swift and immediate action.

“The fraternity was placed on interim suspension immediately last Saturday and since then the national chapter has also ordered the chapter to disband.”

Four members of the Florida A&M University marching band have been expelled from the university after being charged with misdemeanor hazing. Lynn Hatter reports the dismissals are the latest in the fallout from the death of one of the band’s drum majors back in November.

The four students charged with hazing pledges of a Florida A & M marching band club will have a chance to appeal their dismissal before a student judicial committee.

In a new twist to the ongoing investigation into the hazing death of a Florida A&M University band member, the family is now saying that he may have been targeted because of his sexuality. Lynn Hatter reports Robert Champion died in November following a football game in Orlando. The family is preparing to sue the bus company that transported the band to and from the game.

FAMU BOT gets update on hazing case

Jan 9, 2012

The Florida A&M University Board of Trustees met Monday  to discuss the ongoing investigation into the hazing-related death of school band drum-major Robert Champion. The University’s Dr. Larry Robinson chairs the school’s Internal Crisis Management Committee. Over the past weeks he’s spoken with other universities and says hazing may not be limited to fraternal organizations.