Report: Some FAMU Band Members Were Not Students

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No formal procedure existed at Florida A&M University to verify enrollment status of Marching 100 members before they were allowed to travel, said former band director Julian White, who announced his retirement Thursday.

“We didn’t have a process,” White said in an interview Thursday. “There were not stringent rules in place to verify that our students were in fact enrolled at school.”

White’s comments came a day after university officials revealed 101 band members on the roster last fall were not enrolled in the required FAMU band course. Three of them were among the 11 charged last week with felony hazing in the beating death of drum major Robert Champion on a band bus in Orlando following the Florida Classic football game.

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