Florida A&M University President James H. Ammons today announced the temporary suspension of induction, enrollment, initiation, membership intake and recruitment for all campus-based student clubs and organizations until fall 2012. Dr. Ammons also announced the cancellation of the 2012 Summer Band Camp. The announcement was made at a university-wide safety forum held on campus this afternoon.
“Our top priority is the health, safety and well-being of students,” said Dr. Ammons in a release. “We are convening a panel of experts and outstanding thinkers to provide advice and recommendations on the operation of student organizations. Before we enter into a new student intake process, we should have the benefit of the work coming from the committees and the investigations.”
“I totally support this effort,” said Breyon Love, president of FAMU Student Government Association. “This issue of hazing has had a far-reaching impact on the university and I believe that we need to pause for a moment to make sure that all of our students are ready to seriously move in a direction which will result in a complete culture change. We want to make sure every student knows about the personal responsibility they have in making sure we wipe out hazing on our campus.”
According to university officials, any organization in violation of the temporary suspension will be suspended as a campus organization in accordance with university guidelines. Officials say that the cancellation of the band camp in no way impacts the university’s degree offerings or curriculum in music.
“In no way have we terminated our curriculum in music,” said Dr. Ammons. “We have a group of talented music faculty who prepare students for great careers in music and other pursuits. We will continue this very important academic program for the benefit of any current students or future students that might choose to pursue this degree. We have also continued our scholarship support of students who meet the appropriate criteria and will continue to do so, pending the availability of funds.”
The decision to suspend intake, officials say, was reached with input from student leaders and university personnel.