Florida A&M University President James Ammons will remain in office during an investigation into the suspected hazing death of a student, the school’s board of trustees decided Monday.
The decision comes days after Florida’s governor recommended to the board that it suspend Ammons during an investigation into various issues at the university, including the November death of marching band drum major Robert Champion Jr., 26.
Some band members said Champion died after taking part in a rite of passage involving a beating aboard a bus. One member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that students “walk from the front of the bus to the back of the bus backward while the bus is full of other band members, and you get beaten until you get to the back.”
Authorities have ruled Champion’s death a homicide.
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