Trustees to Host ‘Anti-Hazing’ Workshop on Dec. 7, 8

Florida A&M’s Board of Trustees plans today to discuss hazing with law enforcement agents and school officials in Orlando.

The “Anti-Hazing Workshop” will include updates from police, reviews of hazing policy and the university’s plan to counter unlawful behavior among student organizations into three hours at FAMU’s College of Law. The workshop will be hosted ahead of Thursday’s full gathering of trustees.

This gathering comes two days after a university forum Monday against hazing, hosted by Student Government Association and featuring the Office of Student Activities. It will be the latest session on hazing to follow drum major Robert Champion Jr.’s hazing-related death on Nov. 19.

At the close of today’s meeting, Student Body President Breyon Love is slated to present the “Student Initiative” to trustees, a move to rally student support against hazing.

“We’re going to talk about what we’ve done so far,” Love said.

In the days after Champion’s death, SGA hosted a memorial on campus and plans to soon host a “Unity Protest.”

Representatives of student organizations were asked Monday to sign a pledge against hazing on behalf of their respective clubs. It was the first move in Love’s initiative.

SGA wants more accountability from student organizations and the faculty members who are charged with overseeing and supporting them. Love said SGA wants to “make sure students don’t condone hazing.”

“We need these advisers to step up to the plate and play a bigger role,” Love said.

The Famuan couldn’t reach Trustee Solomon Badger for comment.

The trustees’ budget and finance committee is scheduled to meet this afternoon. Trustees are also meeting tomorrow to, among other things, review recent events at the university.