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New hazing allegation at FAMU to be dealt with by Tallahassee police

3:12 PM, Sep 5, 2012   |    comments
FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson says he's very disappointed about a new allegation of hazing involving a school dance group.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Less than a year after the hazing-related death of a Florida A&M band member, the school is now dealing with yet another report of hazing.

The FAMU Torque Dance Team has been suspended following an alleged hazing incident off-campus last weekend. Since it happened off campus, the Tallahassee Police Department is launching an investigation and will be in charge of the case.

FAMU has moved aggressively to try to eliminate hazing since drum major Robert Champion died as a result of a hazing ritual aboard a band bus last November.

Interim President Larry Robinson says he's very disappointed by the new allegation and says he won't tolerate any hazing.

"We do in fact have zero tolerance for hazing and we're going to work very, very hard to make sure everybody understands that."

"I'm very disappointed but at the same time ... we don't attribute this to be a uniform representation of our students. But in the event that anybody decides to take actions of this type that's inconsistent with our policy, we will then take the appropriate actions as well."

FAMU is instituting an anti-hazing plan that creates stricter oversight of the Music Department and marching band, which remains suspended.

Robinson says he wants to create the right environment at FAMU and have the proper controls in place before reinstating the band.

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