Report: FAMU did not follow hazing rules

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 10:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 10:43 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — The findings from a year-long investigation show that Florida A&M University officials failed to follow state laws and regulations regarding hazing.

A 32-page report released Friday concludes that the school lacked internal controls to prevent or detect hazing.

The Florida Board of Governors — which oversees the state university system — ordered the investigation following the hazing death of FAMU band drum major Robert Champion 13 months ago. Champion died after he was beaten by fellow members of FAMU's famed Marching 100 band during a hazing ritual aboard a charter bus.

The report comes the same month that a regional accrediting organization placed the school on probation for 12 months. The university has one year to prove it is turning itself around or could have its accreditation revoked.

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