FAMU trustees vote 'no confidence' in president
June 7th, 2012
01:56 PM ET

FAMU trustees vote 'no confidence' in president

The Florida A&M Board of Trustees has issued a vote of “no confidence” against FAMU president James Ammons.

The vote was 8-4.

“I hear you loudly and clearly," Ammons said after the vote. "I understand there are measures I have to take, as president of the university, to fix things. And I will fix them."

The vote followed a series of investigations into the university following concerns over the hazing death of a member of the band and drum major Robert Champion. The vote also related to financial audits that resulted from the hazing investigation.

Champion, 26, died last year because of "hemorrhagic shock due to soft tissue hemorrhage, due to blunt force trauma," the Orange County medical examiner said.

More than 2,000 pages of police interviews with witnesses and defendants who were aboard the bus on the day of Champion's death paint a picture of a darkened bus where three band members, including Champion, were hazed.

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  1. chrissy

    @ WOW, no its not ok but its florida so that explains why there were no disciplinary actions.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bloodguilt

    For justice, someone at least needs to be convicted of manslaughter.
    For True Justice all who knew but didn't tell need to be implicated and prosecuted just as if they were eyewitnesses of a gang raype and failed to at least call 911

    June 8, 2012 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. lmd

    interesting how education systems act as if they don't fall under the same laws we have to follow. This college needs to remove their leadership and install real leaders.

    June 8, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. jamesd

    No, he won't do a thing. Until the Administration is held responsible nothing will be done. The issue will continue as always–

    June 8, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sinfully Yours

    So when is this school for ghetto kids going to shut down? They need to take all the administrators, students and anyone associated with the worthless "university" and lock them up, forever!

    June 8, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
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