As a new school year begins, Florida A&M University says it’s launched a new anti-hazing website — stophazingatfamu.com — to educate students, faculty, alumni and others about the dangers of hazing.
The university said Friday that the website is intended to foster an online community and encourage collaboration to help end hazing at the FAMU.
To mark the start of a new school year, Interim President Larry Robinson gathered the entire student body and addressed the school’s hazing problem head on.
“If in fact they do occur, I just want everyone to know our actions will be swift and decisive," Robinson told the students Friday.
Robinson says everyone on campus needs to be unified in the fight against hazing. Beginning in spring 2013, students will be required to sign an anti-hazing pledge before they can register for classes.
Robinson says the school is getting closer to hiring an anti-hazing czar, to help prevent rituals like the one last November that cost FAMU drum major Robert Champion his life.
FAMU has cracked down on hazing since Champion's death last November. He was fatally beaten by fellow band members on a chartered bus following a football game in Orlando.
Twelve people face felony hazing charges, while two others face misdemeanor charges.