Florida A&M Suspends Band Camp and Other Recruitment

After being rocked by a hazing scandal in its band, the university takes action on recruiting for school clubs.

Posted: 02/01/2012 03:30 PM EST
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In the aftermath of a hazing scandal that made national headlines, the president of Florida A&M University announced that the college will cancel the summer camp for its renowned band as well as suspend recruitment of students for all clubs and organizations until the fall 2012 semester.

The university has been the object of intense attention in the aftermath of a suspected hazing death of a student who was a part of the marching band in November.

“Our top priority is the health, safety and well-being of students," said university president James H. Ammons.

 “We are convening a panel of experts and outstanding thinkers to provide advice and recommendations on the operation of student organizations. Before we enter into a new student intake process, we should have the benefit of the work coming from the committees and the investigations.”

The university’s decision comes several weeks after four members of the university’s renowned Marching 100 band were arrested on charges related to hazing. Those charges were separate from the death of Robert Champion, the band’s drum major.

The school’s police arrested three of the four students last month, while the fourth student turned himself in shortly afterward.

The students — Hakeem Birch, Brandon Benson, Anthony Mingo and Denise Bailey — are accused of hazing five members of the band who were interested in joining a group within the clarinet section known as the “Clones.”

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