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  • **FILE** James Ammons, president of Florida A&M University (Associated Press)

    Florida A&M president resigns in wake of scandal

    The president of Florida A&M University submitted his resignation Wednesday, the same day the university was sued by parents of a drum major who died during a hazing. It was unclear if the two events were related.


  • Robert Champion, a drum major in Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band, performs during halftime of a football game in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (Tampa Tribune via Associated Press)

    Another Florida A&M drum major describes being beaten

    A Florida A&M drum major who died after being hazed on a bus was known for his opposition to hazing but agreed to go through a brutal initiation ritual because it was seen as an honor, according to interviews with band mates released Wednesday.


  • Robert Champion, a drum major in Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band, performs during halftime of a football game in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (Tampa Tribune via Associated Press)

    Famed Florida A&M marching band suspended another year

    Florida A&M University's famed marching band is being suspended for at least one more school year as officials try to cleanse the hazing culture that led to the death of a drum major, the school's president said Monday.


  • **FILE** Florida A&M Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion performs Oct. 8, 2011, at halftime of the game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. (Associated Press)

    Prosecutors opt for hazing charges in FAMU case

    There was no single blow, stomp or strike to Robert Champion's bruised and battered body that killed him as he was pummeled by fellow Florida A&M University marching band members during a hazing ritual aboard a charter bus last fall. That inability to pinpoint which blow ultimately caused the 26-year-old drum major's death led authorities to charge 13 defendants Wednesday with hazing rather than more serious counts like manslaughter or second-degree murder.


  • Robert Champion, a drum major in Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band, performs during halftime of a football game in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Joseph Brown III)

    13 charged in hazing death of Florida A&M drum major

    Thirteen people were charged Wednesday in one of the biggest college hazing cases ever prosecuted in the U.S., accused in the death of a Florida A&M University drum major who authorities say was mercilessly pummeled by fellow members of the marching band.


  • American Scene: University police chief retires amid hazing probes

    The police chief at Florida A&M University is retiring less than a week after reports surfaced that Tallahassee authorities didn't receive timely information about an off-campus hazing incident from 2010.


  • Pam Champion and her husband Robert Champion Sr. speak out about the death of their son Robert Jr., in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Robert Champion Jr. was a 26-year-old Florida A&M University student and drum major who died last month after a hazing incident. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Family to sue owner of bus where FAMU student died

    The parents of a Florida A&M band member who died after a hazing ritual last November said they will sue the company that owns the bus where the hazing took place.


  • Robert Champion, a drum major in Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band, performs during halftime of a football game in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Joseph Brown III)

    Death of Florida A&M drum major ruled a homicide

    The state medical examiner has ruled that the death of a Florida A&M University drum major last month was a homicide after concluding that the student was severely beaten in a hazing incident and died within an hour.


  • Robert Champion, a drum major in Florida A&M University's Marching 100 band, performs during halftime of a football game in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (Tampa Tribune via Associated Press)

    Florida A&M's marching band suspended after drum major dies

    The prestige of the "Marching 100" band of Florida A&M brought along a "culture of hazing" and a secret world that played a role in Robert Champion's death, his family said Monday.


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