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Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 12/28/2011

FAMU may lose accreditation


A Florida A&M University drum major whose death revealed a culture of hazing within the school's famed marching band died from shock. (The Associated Press).
Gov. Rick Scott’s active involvement--some would say meddling--into the hazing scandal at Florida A&M University could cost the school its accreditation.

Scott has admonished admonished school leaders in the wake of the hazing scandal that led to the death of drum major Robert Champion Jr.. He also urged the university’s board of trustees to suspend the school’s president, James Ammons.

But the accrediting body in charge of Florida and 10 other states, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, warned Scott if the trustees made the decision with his suggestion in mind the school could be in trouble, reported Black America Web.

The board stipulates that the university’s decisions should be made without influence of politics or religion.

Ammons is a FAMU alum and has been vocal about his role in making the university the nation’s top public historically black college and university, among other awards.

The state medical examiner ruled Champion’s death a homicide. Officials said he was beaten, bled internally and died within an hour.

Champion, 26, was found unresponsive in a parking lot after the team’s game with Bethune-Cookman on Nov. 19. After vomiting and complaining of shortness of breath, he died at the hospital.

His death highlighted a serious problem of hazing at the university and band director, Julian White, has been suspended with no more band performances scheduled. There have been other cases of violent hazing rituals at FAMU, but none as severe as this.

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