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(CNN) — Nearly two months since the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion, the school’s board of trustees voted Monday to approve with a three-part plan to tackle the issue of hazing on campus.
The strategy, devised by the public relations firm hired by FAMU in December, Dan Klores Communications, includes creating a memorial on campus for Champion, setting up a scholarship in the deceased drum major’s name, and organizing an independent blue-ribbon panel of experts to examine hazing.
Trustee Belinda Reed Shannon proposed the measures during a scheduled monthly conference call with fellow board members, and said she would lead the task of selecting the panel of five experts, with backgrounds in law, academia, public policy, psychology, and band organizations.
The proposal passed in a 9-1 vote, with the only opposition coming from trustee Narayan Persaud, who described the strategy as “short sighted.”
Shannon told board members the panel would take a “forward looking” approach at hazing on campus, and that it would not conflict with any current investigations into the Marching 100 band at FAMU.
Monday’s vote came two weeks after a December conference call, when board members agreed to take a more active role in examining the culture of hazing on campus.
Champion, 26, collapsed in Orlando on a bus carrying members of the band after a November football game that included a halftime performance by the group.
Christopher Chestnut, a lawyer for Champion’s family, has charged that Champion died after receiving “some dramatic blows, perhaps (having an) elevated heart rate” tied to “a hazing ritual” that took place on the bus. Read More HERE