Ammons: Inform Me of Hazing, On or Off Campus, Immediately

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, FL -- April 5, 2012 --
by Lanetra Bennett

FAMU's president says any new hazing complaints must land on his desk.

Dr. James Ammons announced a reporting deadline today. He says it should help alleviate communication concerns following recent hazing incidents.

A new policy requires anyone with knowledge of hazing to report it to campus police within 24...

President Ammons is also directing police and other leadership members to report any hazing or criminal activities to him ASAP.

FAMU President Dr. James Ammons has directed the campus police chief, provost and vice president of student affairs to inform him of all allegations and reports of criminal activity.

Dr. Ammons says this includes assault, battery, hazing, molestation, sexual assault and any other forms of criminal activity that involve students or faculty or staff -- on or off campus.

Dr. Ammons says, I did this to promote transparancey and accountablity as we implement corrective actions to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, our faculty, staff, and anyone who visits the campus."

Dr. Ammons says after band drum major Robert Champion died from hazing other hazing incidents surfaced . Trustee members said communication needed to improve.

Other safety measures being implemented include lighting improvements across campus.

Michaela Edwards, a FAMU student, says. "Oh, that's money well-spent. It's been time. I do have night classes. Every semester I've been here, I've had night classes."

Dr. Ammons says security guards will also be added at the university.

Another FAMY Student, Yao Lydia, says, "We have 13,000 students and we only have 13 cops on campus, or is it 15? Basically, it means that we have about one cop per 1,000 students. That's not enough. The fact that they're trying to increase safety on this campus is a really good step forward."


Tallahassee, FL -- April 5, 2012 --

The FAMU Board of Trustees approves new hazing policies in a growing effort to keep students safe.

The changes come in the wake of last November's hazing death of Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion.

The new hazing policy says anyone with knowledge of hazing has to report it to the FAMU Police Department within 24 hours.

Robert Champion's death and other hazing incidents has prompted changes.

The new policy prohibits anyone for retaliating against someone who reports hazing.

It also allows a person to file a complaint if they do experience retaliation for reporting hazing to authorities.

FAMU President James Ammons says, "I think this action that the board has taken with this new regulation is going to strengthen the regalatory position of the university with that change."

The board of trustees unanimously voted to approve the policy during this morning's board meeting.


Tallahassee, Florida - April 5, 2012 - 10am

Today is day two of the FAMU Board of Trustees meeting. President Ammons gave his report, saying in the wake of FAMU band member Robert Champion's death and other hazing allegations, communication needs to be improved. Ammons is requiring that the FAMU Police Chief informs him immediately of any hazing or criminal incidents and allegations that involve students and staff. This includes on or off campus.

The board also presented resolutions to honor Trustee Richard Dent and Student Trustee Breyon Love for their service. Dent announced weeks ago that he is giving up his seat to be full-time CEO of his company.

Spurgeon McWilliams is the new vice chairman.

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  • by Lu on Apr 6, 2012 at 03:44 PM
    When is Ammons going to quit trying to cover his tail? I am sick of seeing his name and hearing him try to make like he is so concerned. How long before they fire the man?
  • by Jess on Apr 6, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    Here is a case that could serve as a precedence. Only have as heavy a penalty as possible.
  • by thomas on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:16 PM
    I have a feeling the faculty involved in hazing file "landed immediately" on his desk, but somehow the when the media asking questions that file "landed" on TPD's desk.... FAMU is a joke, but folks as a taxpayer the joke is on us. Especially when over half of incoming freshmen have to take remedial courses. Translation, they should be matriculating through community college first, less expensive, and then if they qualify on to 4 year schools.
  • by Jess Location: Leon County on Apr 5, 2012 at 08:37 PM
    Scroll to the bottom of this site for the more recent deaths. There have been 1 to 3 deaths per year for the past 40 years and nearly one every year before that.
  • by Keeping it Real on Apr 5, 2012 at 05:26 PM
    This is call cover your a time and that is why the earlier retirement of the chief of police at famu. If any of you think that the president of famu was not aware of any hazing until after the death of champion than you all are as sick and corrupt as the administration and the trustee. I am tired and i have lost a lot of respect for famu. We as blacks need to stop making excuses for our failures. I have not heard anyone at famu admit responsibilty for hazing, the only thing you hear is about other schools and theire hazing problems. So Sad, that we talk about FSU,but we close our eyes about our hazing problem.
  • by Bubba on Apr 5, 2012 at 01:22 PM
    The PR firm is back at work again.
  • by TallyGirl Location: Tallahassee, FL on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM
    I don't want to be offensive! My hearts goes out to the Champion family! This is just my opinion. Hazing is voluntarily. So when you speak of arrests, just go ahead and arrest the entire band. How do you eradicate something that does not want to be eradicated? These kids know what they join and before this the 100 was the best band ever! Hazing has been going on forever.... which I am not condoning it. I am not overlooking the death of Mr. Champion. Again, if you're seeking justice everyone knows hazing wasn't just imposed on Champion. Are we waiting for someone to come and say John Doe and Adam Doe beat him?
  • by Jess on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    Dr. Ammons, If we report it, will it get by your Palace Guard? That WAS and IS the problem regarding this and other cases. Why did you pay attention the week before Champion was murdered when the band director suspended 30 students and didn't allow them to make the trip due to hazing? You either didn't see the papers because of the Palace Guard, or you thought it was no big deal for 30 students got suspended.
  • by Doc Location: Tallahassee on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:04 AM
    Robert Champion was beat to DEATH, why is the ole pass the buck game still going on. Ammons should have been suspended day one when the paper trail led to him. And every student that was involved should be in JAIL. How can people stand by after such a vicious murder and nothing being done. God bless the Champion family, be strong and go after all that killed your son and the ones that are covering up your sons MURDER!
  • by J-Z Location: Tallahassee on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:02 AM
    There probably won't be any arrests, since there were no cameras aboard the bus to show who actually struck the fatal blows. There will be, of course, and as we all know, a multi-million $$ lawsuit filed by Champion's parents. The entire thing is an absolute shame and travesty. The students who took part in the beating of on Robert Champion need to absolutely be held accountable. Sadly, however, they will most likely not be held accountable for their actions. They, however, will have to live with the fact that they contributed to his death. But live, they will. Champion doesn't have that option.
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      by Jess on Apr 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM in reply to J-Z
      I think if they start arresting some of the punks on the bus, they will fold like a cheap lawn chair.
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