ORLANDO — Florida A&M University lacked the internal and institutional controls it needed to identify and fight hazing before the beating death of drum major Robert Champion in Orlando a year ago, according to a long-awaited investigative report that was released Friday.
The sharply critical report focuses on numerous problems that the State University System of Florida found during its yearlong investigation into whether FAMU did enough to deter hazing in the years before Champion was beaten by fellow marching band members after the Florida Classic football game.
Derry Harper, inspector general for the Board of Governors, which oversees Florida's 12 public universities, reviewed hazing complaints at FAMU between 2007 and 2011. He discovered numerous failings, including a lack of communication between the university's police department and the office that handles student discipline.
Most of the hazing cases reported to campus police were not shared with the discipline office, as they should have been, the report said. It also said nobody was tracking hazing complaints and disciplinary actions.