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FAMU Suspends Dance Team

FAMU Dance Team

Florida A&M University, still reeling from the hazing-related death of drum major Robert Champion 10 months ago, suspended its Torque Dance Team following allegations of an off-campus hazing incident. Interim President Larry Robinson said that the university received an anonymous report from a parent Tuesday afternoon about an alleged incident that occurred over the Labor Day weekend. "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 news release. "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."

The campus police chief, dean of students, and director of student activities were all notified of the allegations. Robinson also included that an investigation into the matter has been launched, but details about what may have been found weren't released. According to university records, the dance team had already been inactive since December 2011 because it didn't have an adviser. FAMU, looking to crack down on hazing since the death last November of drum major Robert Champion, suspended the Marching 100 and twelve people face felony hazing charges, while two others face misdemeanor counts. They have pleaded not guilty.

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