Gov. Rick Scott Calls on Florida Universities to Examine Anti-Hazing Rules

Authorities said hazing was involved in Robert Champion's death

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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. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling on university presidents to examine hazing rules in the wake of the death of a Florida A&M University drum major.

    Scott asked Thursday that the state university system have all 11 universities review anti-hazing rules and penalties. Scott said in a letter to Chancellor Frank Brogan that is must be clear to students that hazing will not be tolerated.

    Robert Champion was found unresponsive on Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel after the school's football team lost to a rival.

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    Law-enforcement authorities have already said hazing was involved in Champion's death.

    FAMU has expelled four students in connection to the incident and Brogan's office has launched a probe into whether FAMU ignored past warnings about hazing.

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