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November 8, 2012

Florida A&M offers $300,000 to end hazing lawsuit

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ORLANDO —

The band has been suspended for the academic year, and the longtime band director and university president have resigned. The Florida Board of Governors is expected this month to release the results of a year-long probe into whether top university officials ignored warnings about hazing.

The first of more than a dozen defendants charged in Champion's death last month entered a plea of no contest to third-degree felony hazing. Ten other FAMU band members face felony hazing charges, while two others face misdemeanor counts for alleged roles in Champion's hazing

University officials have responded by putting in a long line of new policies, including new requirements for band membership and new requirements for all students at the school.

 

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