TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is on inactive status until a hazing investigation is complete, according to FAMU officials. The possible hazing incident was reported on the university's anti-hazing website, www.stophazingatfamu.com.
“We believe that all of the measures that we have put in place have increased overall campus awareness of hazing,” said Bryan Smith, assistant to the president for anti-hazing. “We will investigate this complaint as with any that is brought to our attention. Once this investigation is completed, the inactive status may be lifted or if warranted, additional sanctions may incur.”
The university has made changes to enhance its efforts to promote a zero tolerance for hazing since the death of a drum major in the university's famous Marching "100" band.
The university created the position of special assistant to the president for anti-hazing, to track all complaints and ensure the complaints are fully investigated and resolved. The university also strengthened membership intake processes for clubs and organizations and increased awareness of anti-hazing policy and initiatives.
Other measures include the creation of two new positions in the Division of Student Affairs - a director of judicial affairs and a coordinator of judicial affairs - to provide additional support and oversight. The anti-hazing website, which was use to report this incident, also serves as a resource for information and an avenue for students to seek help and report hazing.