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6:40 PM, Jan 31, 2012   |    comments
The Florida A&M University marching band performs on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida A&M University President James Ammons is cancelling a summer band camp and temporarily blocking students from joining student clubs.

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Ammons announced the move Tuesday during a safety forum. The ban prevents clubs and organizations from recruiting, enrolling and initiating any new members during the spring and summer semesters.

Any organization that violates the ban will be suspended from campus.

The announcement comes in the wake of the death of drum major Robert Champion that has been linked to hazing. In the last few weeks, FAMU students have been arrested in connection with two separate hazing incidents.

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Ammons said he decided to suspend the summer band camp due to the investigation and because of plans to convene an anti-hazing task force that will review how FAMU should oversee band activities.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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