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Florida A&M University ignored hazing rules before Robert Champion's death, report says

Prosecutors filed criminal charges against 11 of 13 people allegedly involved in the hazing beating death of a drum major at Florida A&M University. Mark Strassmann reports. CBS News

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(CBS/AP) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The findings of a year-long investigation show that Florida A&M University officials failed to follow state laws and regulations on hazing prior to the death of drum major Robert Champion.

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A 32-page report released Friday concludes that the school lacked internal controls to prevent or detect hazing.

The report comes from the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system. It ordered the investigation after the death of FAMU band drum major Robert Champion in November 2011.  Champion died after he was beaten by fellow members of FAMU's famed Marching 100 band during a hazing ritual aboard a charter bus.

The report comes the same month that a regional accrediting organization placed the school on probation for 12 months. The university has one year to prove it is turning itself around regarding hazing or it could have its accreditation revoked.

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