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FAMU seeks new rules for band members after drum major's hazing death

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Florida A&M University (FAMU) president James Ammons said Monday that only full-time students should be members of the school's marching band, WTXL-TV reported.

In the wake of the tragic hazing death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion last year, Ammons will present his plan for the band to the school's board of trustees this week, seeking ways to prevent a similar incident from occurring.

Along with only allowing full-time students into the band, Ammons' plan would prevent students from staying with the band for longer than four years, require band members to maintain solid academic grades and limit practices to no more than 20 hours a week, the station reported.

Ammons said last month that the school's embattled marching band will remain suspended through the 2012-2013 academic year.

The band's fate has been in question since Champion was killed in November 2011 on a charter bus outside a hotel in Orlando, just after the FAMU band had performed during the school's football game against rival Bethune-Cookman.

The Orange County Medical Examiner's Office said Champion collapsed after "multiple blunt trauma blows to his body" and ruled his death a homicide. Investigators believe the 26-year-old drum major was beaten to death by other band members in a hazing incident.

Eleven people have been charged with felony hazing in Champion's death. Two others face misdemeanor counts.

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