Crisis Management Team Discusses FAMU Anti-Hazing Plan

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, FL -- June 6, 2012 -- 4:41 pm

They discussed criteria for students to be able to participate in clubs and organizations (to prevent non students from signing up)
Among several things Those include providing your gpa.

They also talked about what punishment will be in place for students present during a hazing or caught hazing. One suggestion is hitting them in their pockets. If there here on scholarship or grant that could be taken away.

Every school organization will also have to go through certification. Trustees asked how will the university plans to police 'underground groups' (I.e. the sub groups in the matching 100)

They just answered by saying those subgroups will not be allowed and if they are found out then punishment through taking away scholarships, etc,
Of course everything will be taken on a case by case basis.

Now they're discussing an anti hazing website and how they will respond to anyone who submits a complaint of hazing. That website is scheduled to launch August 1st.

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Tallahassee, Florida - June 6, 2012 - 3:15pm

Proposed entertainment for FAMU football games:
National Anthem by local, regional or national talent; entertainment hosts at each game in the form of old-school/new-school disc jockeys; half-time performances include high school drum line competition, performances by student talent, musical artists/performers and game day recognition.

The Crisis Management Team is going over the FAMU Anti-Hazing Plan. They will discuss the status of the Marching 100 and areas of potential impact. The band suspension continues through the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Tallahassee, Florida - June 6, 2012 - Noon

Enrollment at FAMU was down 18% in 2011. That report came out of this morning's Board of Trustees meeting. It's tough news for a school already struggling financially.

Florida A & M University Trustees began two days of meetings this morning. FAMU's vice president says student enrollment declined by 487 students in 2011; that's 18%. The VP says decline in enrollment means decline in dollars, saying there's a possibility of shorting the university by 2.5 million dollars.

The budget, tuition, and a tough new hazing policy take center stage on the agenda. Later this afternoon, trustees will discuss plans to hire an anti hazing policy coordinator who would report to the President. The plan also includes a "Compliance Officer" within the band structure to make sure non students don't travel with the band, and that students maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

"We are also ready to update you on all of the issues that we have dealt with around hazing in the band and also the climate at FAMU," FAMU President James Ammons said.

The final vote will take place tomorrow.

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Tallahassee, Florida - June 6, 2012 - 10:35am

The proposed anti-hazing plan is on the agenda for 2pm, but the president's operating budget requests have trustees dwelling into the hazing issue a. One of FAMU President Dr. James Ammons' requests is $196,000 to hire a Hazing Czar and a Compliance Officer. While most trustees seem to agree with the idea of hiring someone with the authority to try to end hazing, some have concerns. The concern of the amount of money proposed was raised. Another trustee questioned giving the responsibilities to existing leadership rather than creating new positions.

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Tallahassee, Florida - June 6, 2012 - 10am

FAMU's vice president says student enrollment declined by 487 students in 2011, which equals a 18% drop. The VP says the decline in enrollment means a decline in dollars, saying there's a possibility of shorting the university by $2.5 million.
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Tallahassee, Florida - June 6, 2012 -

The FAMU Board of Trustees Summer Retreat is underway at the Al Lawson Center. The retreat began first thing this morning with the budget workshop. Administrators report that the 2012-2013 will begin with a budget of $147,508,969. FAMU's state funding was cut by $19,850,901. The provost says the amount being collected in tuition is going up but appropriations are going down.


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