FAMU Puts Band Director’s Dismissal On Hold

Source: CNN

The director of bands at Florida A&M University has been placed on administrative leave with pay until completion of the investigation into the hazing-linked death of a 26-year-old drum major, the school said Wednesday.

Julian White had been suspended with termination scheduled for December 22, and four students had been dismissed from the school in the wake of the death of Robert Champion, the school had announced shortly after the November 19 incident.

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In Wednesday’s announcement, which came as a result of a Florida Department of Law Enforcement recommendation, FAMU said in a statement that it had placed White on administrative leave with pay on Monday, “until the completion of the investigation and rescinded the dismissal of four students who received disciplinary action as a result of activity surrounding the Robert Champion incident.”

“Consistent with the commitment of the FAMU Board of Trustees and President Ammons to be fully cooperative, we are awaiting the outcome of the investigation before any personnel or disciplinary actions are taken,” said FAMU spokeswoman Sharon P. Saunders. “We are honoring the recommendations of not only FDLE, but the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Board of Governors as we await the completion of their investigations.”

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