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Florida A&M University suspends band camp, clubs amid hazing investigation

The "Marching 100" band from Florida A&M University performs during halftime of Super Bowl XLI football game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2007. AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian

(CBS/AP) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The president of Florida A&M University announced Tuesday that he is temporarily suspending the school's band camp program and clubs in response to a recent rash of hazing incidents.

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"Our top priority is the health, safety and well being of students," said Ammons, according to CBS affiliate WCTV. "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."

Ammons reportedly said he made the decision to suspend a variety of band activities after discussions with student leaders, advisors and other university personnel.

Ammons said he decided to cancel the band camp in light of the ongoing investigation and the plans to convene a Committee that will review how FAMU will best govern band activities, WCTV reports.

The announcement comes about a week after four members of the famed "Marching 100" clarinet group were arrested  on misdemeanor hazing charges, after reports that  students were punched and paddled during initiation meetings that began in early September.

In November, FAMU drum major Robert Champion died hours after a football game in Orlando in what authorities said was a hazing ritual. His death has been ruled a homicide, but no charges have been filed.

Complete coverage of the Florida A&M hazing scandal on Crimesider


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