FAMU to consider suspension of president over hazing allegations

December 19, 2011 

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida A&M University’s Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet today to consider Gov. Rick Scott’s request that President James Ammons be suspended while authorities continue investigating the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

The meeting comes three days after the state medical examiner ruled Champion’s death a homicide. Officials say he was beaten so severely that he bled internally and went into shock. He died within an hour.

In the wake of Champion’s death, Ammons and other university leaders have been criticized for not doing enough to stop a culture of hazing within the university’s famed “Marching 100” band.

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