Hazing Problems Continue to Plague HBCUs

Florida A&M University, which has been rocked by hazing controversies since the death of drum major Robert Champion last fall, has now suspended its Torgue Dance Team due to allegations of a hazing incident. The university said that it received an unsubstantiated tip from a parent of a dance team member. Interim president Larry Robinson said in a statement, “The university takes very seriously any allegation of hazing and has moved quickly to shut the organization down pending the outcome of the investigation. We have zero tolerance for hazing.”

Clark Atlanta University temporarily suspended its Mighty Marching Panthers Band pending an outcome of an investigation of hazing allegations. As a result of the temporary ban, the band was not on the field for Clark Atlanta opening football game.

Update: On October 2, Clark Atlanta University announced that after a thorough investigation it found no evidence or hazing or other illegal activity involving the Mighty Marching Panthers Band. As a result, the temporary ban was lifted and the band was reinstated.


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