FAMU Board of Trustees to discuss new anti-hazing efforts

Pres. James H. Ammons presents band member restrictions

Published On: Jun 04 2012 03:39:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 05 2012 08:23:50 AM EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida A&M University President James H. Ammons will present to the Board of Trustees new changes to the Marching 100 band with the university's anti-hazing plan

The proposed measures include:

In addition, Ammons will discuss with the board a restructure of the band and department of music.

Among the measures proposed for the band include a four-year cap on the number of years a student can participate in music department bands, more rigorous academic requirements and that band practice be limited to 20 hours a week, with a ban on practices that are not supervised by music department staff.

The band has been suspended since November 2011, following the death of Robert Champion, a FAMU student and drum major.

On May 14, Ammons announced that the band would remain inactive through the 2012-13 academic year. The band’s long-time director, Julian White, retired earlier this month. FAMU will begin the search for a new band director when the new structures are in place.