FAMU Officials Discuss Fallout of Student's Hazing Death

Board members did not criticize or question the actions taken so far by FAMU President James Ammons

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012  |  Updated 1:36 AM EDT
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Robert Champion Sr., left, and his wife, Pam Champion, participate in a news conference on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, in Lithonia, Ga. The Champions, parents of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion who died of suspected hazing Nov. 19, in Orlando, Fla., said they plan on filing a civil lawsuit in the matter.

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Florida A&M University students registering for classes this fall will have to sign an online form saying they're aware of anti-hazing policies.

Members of the state Board of Governors were told Wednesday that it's one of the steps being taken in the wake of the death of drum major Robert Champion. Champion died after a hazing ritual last November and his death has triggered several investigations.

The board — which oversees the state's 11 universities — has launched its own investigation into whether FAMU officials ignored past warnings about hazing.

But members of the board did not criticize or question the actions taken so far by FAMU President James Ammons or the FAMU Board of Trustees in the wake of Champion's death. One board member called FAMU's response admirable.

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