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Hazing Investigation Dropped Against FAMU Delta Sigma Theta



Florida A&M’s Delta Sigma Theta chapter was placed on inactive status in February following reports of hazing, ABC 27 reports.

However, an investigation by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office found a lack of evidence to prove any hazing occurred, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

“We believe that all of the measures that we have put in place have increased overall campus awareness of hazing,” said Bryan Smith, assistant to the president for anti-hazing. “We will investigate this complaint as with any that is brought to our attention. Once this investigation is completed, the inactive status may be lifted or if warranted, additional sanctions may incur.”

Nine members of the sorority were suspended from the university following an anonymous tip that alleged pledges were “forced to do exercise squats and memorize information about sorority members,” the Democrat reports.

The university has been fervent in their mission to promote anti-hazing ever since the untimely death of a band member in 2011.

The death of Florida A&M marching band member Robert Champion exposed a secret culture within the Historically Black College University marching bands. It inevitably sparked a huge outcry on issue of hazing and prompted many to push for reform in the band groups.

Champion, 26, died Nov. 19, 2011 from “hemorrhagic shock” and “blunt force trauma” after sustaining multiple blows to his body, according to an autopsy report obtained by The Orlando Sentinel.

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