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New rules sought for band after drum major's death

FAMU head proposes new requirements for joining famed marching band after drum major's death By The Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) ' The head of Florida A&M University wants to limit the marching band to full-time students at the university and toughen academic requirements for joining, after a drum major's beating death in November.

Among other proposed changes, FAMU President James Ammons said Monday he also wants to impose a four-year limit on how long students can play in the famed band.

Ammons suspended the band shortly after Robert Champion's death. Eleven FAMU band members face felony hazing charges, while two others face misdemeanor counts for alleged roles in Champion's death.

Ammons last month announced the band would remain off the field for the next year while FAMU tries to clean up the hazing culture that surrounds the band. University trustees are scheduled to discuss anti-hazing efforts this week.

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