Another hazing controversy has rocked Florida A&M University after the Tallahassee, Fla. school shut down its dance team for allegedly engaging in the prohibited act.
According to reports, the latest incident didn’t involve a physical assault. Interim President Larry Robinson said that an anonymous tip from a parent led to the move.
“The University takes very seriously any allegation of hazing and has moved quickly to shut the organization down pending the outcome of an investigation,” Robinson said in a statement. “We have zero tolerance for hazing. It‘s deplorable and will not be tolerated. It is unconscionable that a student organization would participate in any hazing activity considering what has transpired in the past year.”
According to reports, the hazing incident involved drinking alcohol and running up hills.
Hazing is a hot-button issue on the campus after the death of Florida A&M band member Robert Champion last November. Champion, a drum major, was allegedly beaten to death by fellow band members in a ritual they called “Crossing Bus C.”
As a result of that incident, 14 members of the FAMU band were criminally charged, the school’s president, James Ammons, resigned, band director Julian White retired, and the marching band was suspended through the 2012-2013 school year.
The school changed standards for student organizations to include standards for anti-hazing. At least one member from each sanctioned student group must attend one anti-hazing workshop in the fall and spring semesters.
Robinson told reporters that the university is continuing to investigate the latest incident.