FAMU Administrators Knew About Hazing Incidents, Police Chief Called For Band To Be Suspended Three Days Before Champion’s Death

Source: Michael King / 11Alive.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University top administrators knew about recent hazing incidents within the famed Marching 100 and the police chief called for the band to be barred from playing at the Florida Classic football game three days before drum major Robert Champion died there following a November hazing.

Notes from FAMU Dean of Students Henry L. Kirby, sent to board of trustees members late Thursday, document a Nov. 16 meeting between Provost Cynthia Hughes-Harris, Vice President of Student Affairs William Hudson Jr. and retired band director Julian White, during which Police Chief Calvin Ross recommended the band be suspended and forbidden from playing in Orlando because of reported hazing.

Kirby said White indicated “he did not think the whole band should be suspended.”

Kirby also said he recommended a suspension similar to that imposed on the university’s chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in 2006 for hazing.

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