(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- In light of recent developments with the Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan is supporting Governor Rick Scott's initiative to ensure that all collegiate organizations review their hazing policies and mandate that they require a "zero tolerance," stricter penalties, greater enforcement, and additional education. This urging comes on the heels of the death of Drum Major Robert Champion, who allegedly lost his life during a hazing incident after the Florida Classic, November 19, in Orlando.
"When a parent sends their child off to college, they expect that child to return with a diploma, not with a severe degree of injuries or death," said Commissioner Jordan. "I sympathize with the family of Robert Champion, and the faculty and students at Florida A&M University. This alleged incident was avoidable and unnecessary. It should never happen again."
Commissioner Jordan's legislation also urges the Florida Legislature to require private colleges and universities whose students receive state student financial assistance to adopt these more robust anti-hazing policies. She introduced her support through a resolution during today's Board of County Commissioners meeting in downtown Miami.
"I realize that there are some traditions that run deep within an educational institution, but this is not one of those traditions that we want to uphold," said Commissioner Jordan. "Florida A&M University is an institution that we hold in high regard. We want that university to be known for its excellent Business, Pharmacy and Engineering programs, not this alleged incident."
For more information, please contact Commissioner Jordan's office at 305-375-5694.