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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."

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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.

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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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