TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M President James Ammons has resigned amid a hazing death and other scandals.
His resignations came just a day after the parents of drum major Robert Champion, who died after being hazed, added the university to a pending wrongful death lawsuit.
Champion died in November 2011 after being beaten by fellow band members during a hazing ritual which took place a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel shortly after a football game.
Eleven FAMU band members are facing criminal hazing charges, while two others face misdemeanor counts. All have pleaded not guilty.
Champion's death put a spotlight on hazing at the school and led to the suspension of the band until at least next year. The band's director was also ousted.
The lawsuit brought by Champion's parents claims university officials did not take action to stop hazing. A dean did proposed suspending the band because of hazing three days before their son died.
*Pictured above if former FAMU president James Ammons.