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FAMU Band Director's Dismissal Halted for Probe

4:03 PM, Dec 7, 2011   |    comments
Fired FAMU band director Julian White says university leaders are trying to make him a scapegoat over who's to blame for an alleged culture of hazing in the Marching 100.
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Dismissal procedures against the longtime director of Florida A&M University's band have been put on hold.
 
A university attorney said Wednesday that Julian White's status has changed to being on administrative leave with pay.
 
The change was made after state police asked the university to halt any disciplinary action until a criminal investigation into the death of a band member is finished.
 
Detectives say hazing played a role in drum major Robert Champion's Nov. 19 death. He died aboard a band bus following a football game against rival Bethune Cookman.
 
Dismissal procedures were initiated against White and four students after the death.
 
University officials told the board of trustees Wednesday that the four students have been reinstated for the time being at the state police's request.

Associated Press

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