FAMU Looking to Stop Asking About Criminal History for School Applicants

Posted at 10:52 PM, Oct 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-29 20:02:35-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - One week after she's almost fired twice by school trustees, Florida A & M University President Dr. Elmira Mangum held a press conference Thursday for a new initiative on campus.

However, the focus of the conference quickly shifted, after last week's problems were brought up. FAMU's president was asked about the relationship between her and the trustees.

However, she abruptly left the conference, refusing to answer any questions.

University officials worked to shift to the focus back to their new initiative, a program called Ban the Box, which seeks to eliminate the question on admissions forms asking if someone has ever been convicted of a crime.

Jimmy Miller, the university's vice president of communications said, "There are other things that people wish to address, and those can be addressed at a later date. But, today was about banning the box and how important that initiative is to societal transformation."

Before Mangum left, she said this campaign is part of the university's mission to help those who have fallen off course, get back on a path to success by getting an education.