TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The president of Florida A&M University issues his plan to address hazing at the school.
President James Ammons wants to hire a special assistant to oversee the university's efforts to eliminate a culture of hazing on campus.
The recommendation follows the death of FAMU band member Robert Champion, who was killed during a hazing ritual on a band bus last November.
Ammons' recommendations also include stricter oversight of the marching band, the Music Department and band members.
Students would have to be enrolled full-time at the school, they could not be in the band for more than four years and they would face tougher academic requirements to participate.
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FAMU graduate and state Rep. Alan Williams thinks the proposal puts the university on the right path.
"I think the university is taking the methodical steps that it needs to take to make sure that not only do we root out the issues and the causes of Mr. Champion's death but also hopefully this is now a blueprint that other universities, not only in the state university system can use, but really universities around the country. Because we know that hazing isn't germane just to Florida A&M University. It's prevalent throughout our society."
The board will consider the recommendations at its meeting this week.
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Ammons is facing tough scrutiny from the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state's university system.
Board Chairman Dean Colson has sent a letter to the FAMU Board of Trustees directing its members to take a closer look at a range of problems that have developed at the school during Ammons' tenure.
The issues include: why more than 100 ineligible students were allowed to participate in the band last year, as well as Ammons' response to multiple improprieties alleged against top-level administrators.
First Coast News