Tallahassee, Florida: A student dance group at the Florida A&M University has been suspended by the administration of the varsity on Tuesday after it was found that certain member had been hazing students off the campus over the last week.
The Torque Dance Team has been suspended on the orders of Interim President Larry Robinson and a probe is underway into the incident.
The move follows tightened scrutiny of alleged hazing activities following the November death of Robert Champion, Reuters reported.
“We have zero tolerance for hazing,” Robinson said, adding the suspension followed an anonymous tip from a parent. “It is unconscionable that a student organization would participate in any hazing activity considering what has transpired in the past year.”
Champion, 26, died on a band charter bus after the university’s renowned “Marching 100” band travelled from its Tallahassee campus to Orlando to participate in the annual “Battle of the Bands” and the “Florida Classic” football game between two historically black universities.
Champion died after he was subjected to a ritualistic beating. Thirteen band members have been charged in connection with Champion’s death.