Crisis Management Team Discusses FAMU Anti-Hazing Plan

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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  • by Tellin' it like it is.... Location: Tallahassee, FL on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:53 AM
    Having conducted business in Tallahassee for the past 19 years; and having had many dealings with FAMU from the administration, to purchasing, to maintenance, to their accounts payable departments, I can tell you that Pretty much everyone at FAMU is an idiot. I do not understand how a so called "University" can employ so many morons on a single staff. Even the educated ones sound uneducated. And the ALL think that because they are a FRAMU employee, it makes them high-n-mighty and they should have their black backsides kissed. I realize that Maint. Men as a rule aren't the most well spoken group, but good grief, can they at least hire ppl. who are above cave man grade.
  • by WCTV Please Location: Tallahassee on Jun 7, 2012 at 08:01 AM
    Please make people register before they can add comments. I am getting tired of the horrible things people say without their emails tied to it. I know you can track comments by IP addresses. I bet many of the places these people work would not appreciate that their employees are espousing such hurtful rhetoric.
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      by Hilarious on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:53 PM in reply to WCTV Please
      Absolutely hilarious. Where is your identifying information? Idjit.
  • by randy Location: tallahassee on Jun 7, 2012 at 07:59 AM
    once again why would any proper thinking parent send their child to this school ??? it is first class corruption at its best: close the school asap
  • by cecelia Location: tallahassee on Jun 7, 2012 at 06:58 AM
    for get famu
  • by John153 on Jun 7, 2012 at 06:31 AM
    A hazing Czar and a compliance officer...... but wait.... If you act now you can also get the Ginzu knifes and the bamboo steamer... with free shipping. There should be staff already employed at FAMU who can handle these tasks. And don't forget the $800,000 requested to "rebrand" their image. DO YOUR JOB President Ammons and require the same from your staff.
  • by Willie Location: south on Jun 7, 2012 at 03:50 AM
    This just goes to show you why problems like hazing will not go away. Dimwits think they can throw money at a problem and fix it. What happened to the deficit? No skill handling money, no skill handling students, nothing worth while comes out of famu, shut it down.
  • by Mark on Jun 6, 2012 at 04:33 PM
    @tammie--you just explained how you hurt your pelvis--it wasn't during a band performance. It was getting pregnant and having an illegitimate child. You are disgusting and I hope you get in trouble for all your lies and I hope you lose your aid.
  • by say what?? on Jun 6, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    What a complete waste of time and money...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:13 PM
    I don't understand why you would want to stay their and continue to work after all of this drama. I mean you got to give this man some credit.
    • reply
      by Not really on Jun 7, 2012 at 04:14 AM in reply to
      Not really. Where else could he get a job? McDonalds? Burger King? Maybe, he certainly couldn't get in a high class place like Wendys.
  • by Leo Location: Southside on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:04 PM
    I would like to be the first to apply for the job. I would make it simple enough for all to understand and forceful enough to work.
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