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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 12/19/2011

FAMU president keeps job during hazing probe

Florida Gov. Rick Scott. (Steve Cannon - AP)
Florida A&M’s Board of Trustees on Monday rejected a call by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to suspend President James Ammons.

“We will stand firm against outside interference, no matter how well intended,” Solomon Badger, the FAMU board chairman, said during a board meeting that was held by conference call, according to the Associated Press.

The state medical examiner ruled last week that the death last month of Robert Champion, 26, was a homicide. Officials said he was beaten, bled internally and died within an hour.

Champion 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.

Champion’s 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.

On Sunday, FAMU alumni gathered on campus and criticized Scott for trying oust Ammons.

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