Dec 19, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University's president will keep his job while authorities investigate the hazing death of a band member.

The university's board of trustees on Monday rejected a call by Gov. Rick Scott that James Ammons be suspended.

The decision comes three days after the state medical examiner ruled that 26-year-old Robert Champion's Nov. 19 death was a homicide. Officials say he was beaten so severely that he bled internally and went into shock. He died within an hour.

Ammons and other university leaders have been criticized for not doing enough to stop a culture of hazing within the university's famed "Marching 100" band. Band director Julian White has been placed on temporary leave and the board had already publicly reprimanded Ammons.


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