FAMU Pledges Reforms After Report on Hazing
Scathing report released after the death of a drum major alleges school had done too little
David Ariosto CNN
January 24, 2013
The Florida Board of Governors, which manages the state's universities, put out the report after drum major Robert Champion died following a beating he took in November 2011 aboard a school bus after a football game in Orlando, Florida.
The hazing was part of a ritual known as "Crossing Bus C," in which pledges attempt to run down the bus aisle while being punched, kicked and assaulted by more senior members of the school's famed marching band.
The university has since created staff positions charged with implementing and monitoring FAMU's anti-hazing policy and is expected provide additional training to school employees.
It will also develop a centralized database to better track complaints and conduct violations, while increasing collaboration with local police, according to the 27-page response submitted Wednesday.
But FAMU also disputed parts of the report that suggested it had not processed certain hazing allegations, and the school said that its judicial affairs office had acted properly.
Last month, the school was put on probation for one year over its handling of the November incident.
CNN's Marlena Baldacci contributed to this report.