FAMU Trustees Discuss University Finances, Hazing Allegations

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FAMU trustee chairwoman Challis Lowe started Thursday's trustee meeting with comment on the firing of former Inspector General Michael Brown and the university's clearance of financial wrongdoing.

"The episode caused considerable disruption and hard feelings around the university," expressed Lowe.

FAMU interim president Castell Bryant made an announcement concerning the marching band and an investigation into hazing.

"Regretfully, I am going to have to inform you that we are having some problems with the band about unexplainable conduct. We'll keep you posted as to the outcome," said Bryant.

Bill Tucker with FAMU's faculty union says eight School of Business professors are still on paid administrative leave and not in their classrooms teaching. Tucker says those classes are currently suspended.

"Students are enrolled in these courses. I understand that about 20 classes are not being taught," said Tucker.

Also during the meeting, Bryant congratulated faculty and staff on FAMU being named the best college for African-Americans by Black Enterprise Magazine.

She also gives financial aid workers a pat on the back for improved service to students.

In an effort to become more fiscally responsible, the university is stopping the practice of promoting students with outstanding debt.

FAMU's next full board meeting is set for December 7.