Clark Atlanta Band Cleared of Hazing Allegations

After an internal hazing probe, school officials have allowed the band to resume performances, finding no evidence of hazing.

Posted: 10/04/2012 12:13 PM EDT
Clark Atlanta band cleared of hazing allegations

After launching a self-imposed, month-long probe into allegations of hazing among Clark Atlanta University’s marching band, school officials announce that no hazing was found among the band.

According to a statement issued Tuesday by Clark Atlanta, “There was neither hazing nor any illegal activity as defined by Georgia Code 16-5-61." The school halted all performances by the band during the investigation but announced the band will return to the field in light of the findings.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been on heightened alert about hazing reports after Robert Champion, a 26-year-old drum major from Florida A&M University, died in November 2011 from blunt force trauma sustained during a band ritual.

In September, North Carolina Central University suspended its marching band's drum line for two weeks after an investigation uncovered widespread hazing and Texas Southern University suspended its band last week to investigate hazing allegations.

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