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Suspected Hazing Death at FAMU Prompts New Action by Scott

6:32 PM, Dec 1, 2011   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The suspected hazing death of a Florida A&M University student prompts more action from Gov. Rick Scott.

The governor said Robert Champion's death, which police say was caused by some form of hazing, is a devastating reminder how dangerous hazing can be.

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Scott is directing Universities Chancellor Frank Brogan to ask the presidents of Florida's 11 public universities to reevaluate their current hazing and harassment policies.

Lane Wright, a spokesman for the governor, said no matter what the investigation of Champion's death reveals, university students and faculty must clearly understand that hazing will not be tolerated.

"When you have something so serious it's a time where you really should stop and reevaluate and look to see where we are and remind people of the dangers and the hazards that exist when there's hazing."

Scott already has directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to join the investigation into the death of Robert Champion.

Autopsy results were inconclusive. Additional test results may not be known for weeks.

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