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BOG calls for investigation into FAMU's hazing policies


By Lynn Hatter


Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Board of Governors is asking University system Chancellor Frank Brogan to investigate charges by the former Florida A&M University band director that he received little support in his efforts to stop hazing. Lynn Hatter reports the board's request is the latest in the fallout from the hazing-related death of one of the band's drum majors.

The Board of Governors has ordered its Inspector General to assist in an investigation into whether university administrators properly responded to hazing allegations within the Marching 100 Band.

Former director Julian White says he took to the proper steps in dismissing students over suspicions and allegations of hazing, but received little follow-up from school officials.

University President James Ammons has created a task force to examine the hazing issues that have plagued the Marching 100 and most recently, may have contributed to the death of drum major Robert Champion.

There is also a criminal investigation underway into the death. A preliminary autopsy was inconclusive and law enforcement officials say it could take up to three months to determine a final cause of death.