Florida A&M fired Marching 100 band director Dr. Julian White citing “misconduct and/or incompetence”
UPDATE (Nov. 23, 2011 – 9:46 P.M.)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Marching “100″ band director Dr. Julian White has been fired from Florida A&M University.
ABC27HD News has obtained a copy of the letter (pictured) sent Wednesday afternoon to Dr. White from FAMU president Dr. James Ammons.
The letter states in part:
“Dear Dr. White:
Pursuant to Article 16.3 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Florida A&M University Board of Trustees and the United Faculty of Florida, you are hereby notified of the University’s intent to dismiss you from employment effective December 22, 2011. Further, you are placed on Administrative Leave with pay, effective immediately pending the final resolution of this employment action.
The reason from this intended employment action is based upon your alleged misconduct and/or incompetence involving confirmed reports and allegatiosn of hazing within the Department of Music and the “Marching 100″. Pursuant to Article 16.3, you have ten (10) days in which to respond in writing to me before the proposed action is taken.” MORE ABOUT FIRING
Courtesy: ABC 27 WTXL
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – Florida A&M University president James H. Ammons revealed at a press conference Tuesday several actions the University is taking following the death of Marching “100” drum major Robert Champion.
That includes suspension of the Marching “100″ indefinitely.
“Out of respect to Robert Champion’s family and in the best interest of the University, I have decided to suspend any and all performances and engagements for bands in the auspices of the music department including the Marching “100”,” Ammons said. “This suspension will be effective immediately”.
Ammons says the suspension will be at least for the duration of the law enforcement investigation.
This press conference comes after the sudden death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion. Champion died following the Florida Classic game. According to an Orlando ABC affiliate, The Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office announced Monday that it had completed an autopsy on a college student who died over the weekend; however, more information is needed. Rumors are flying across social media sites — saying that Champion was hazed and possibly beaten to death. READ MORE
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