Report: FAMU Ignored Hazing Rules Prior to Drum Major’s Death

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A new 32-page report released Friday concludes that Florida A&M University (FAMU) officials failed to follow state laws and regulations on hazing.

The Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system, ordered the report in response to the death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion, who was beaten by fellow members of the university’s band during a hazing ritual. The report cites that FAMU lacked internal controls to prevent or detect hazing, noting a lack of communication between top university officials, the police department and the office responsible for student discipline, the Associated Press reports.

The findings were released the same month that a regional accrediting organization placed the school on probation for 12 months. The school has a year to prove that it is making the necessary changes or its accreditation could be revoked.

Larry Robinson, the interim president at FAMU, said the university is taking steps to detect and prevent hazing at the school.

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