FAMU Dean Proposed Long-Term Suspension Of Band Before Champion's Hazing Death

Monday, July 9, 2012
Three days before the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion, the university's dean of students urged top administrators to impose a long-term suspension of the school's famous marching band because of concerns about hazing. The recommendation from Florida A&M University Dean Henry Kirby is outlined in notes he took about a critical meeting that was held on Nov. 16 specifically to discuss hazing within the band. Those notes, requested by the Orlando Sentinel nearly a month ago, support former FAMU police chief Calvin Ross' recollection of the meeting of four university administrators and two FAMU police department employees. Ross told the Sentinel several weeks ago that neither he nor Kirby wanted the band to travel to Orlando to perform at the Florida Classic football game on Nov. 19, when Champion was beaten to death by fellow band members.

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