Update: FAMU to require students to sign an anti-hazing pledge and launches anti-hazing website
By Tenisha Dixon, News 20 at Five
Florida A & M University students will soon have to sign a pledge before registering for classes. Student Activities and the Student Government Association have created a way for students to legally commit to not hazing. All students will be required to sign this document before registering for classes.
Henry Kirby, dean of student activities, says, “That agreement also requires them to inform the university police department, in particular, if they’ve become aware of or have any knowledge or received any knowledge regarding the hazing activities on this campus.”
Friday, FAMU posted their new anti-hazing website that will introduce the mandatory agreement. The new policy will begin in spring of 2013.
FAMU Press Office
Tallahassee, Fla. – As part of its broader ongoing efforts to eradicate hazing, Florida A&M University (FAMU) officially launched its new anti-hazing website — StopHazingatFAMU.com —to further educate students, faculty, alumni and others about the dangers of hazing, foster an online community and encourage collaboration to help end hazing at the university.
“Everyone on campus needs to be unified in the fight against hazing,” said FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson. “We will continue to enact change, positively empower our students and provide resources going forward to ensure that we provide a safer and healthier environment for learning.”
In addition, in spring 2013, students will be required to sign an anti-hazing pledge attesting they will not participate in any form of hazing. This will be a prerequisite for any student to register for classes.
“We are confident that the anti-hazing efforts at FAMU will be successful and will serve as a model for other colleges, universities, and other entities within our society plagued with this unfortunate issue,” said Chairman of the FAMU Board of Trustees BOT Solomon L. Badger III. “The overwhelming support and commitment to the efforts by the entire FAMU family and community is a strong testament of belief that we can and will succeed in our efforts.”
FAMU students who log on to the website will also have an opportunity to sign a pledge confirming they are fully versed on campus policy and state laws related to hazing. The site will include messages from students, administrators, parents and others on the topic of hazing. It also includes a quiz to test one’s knowledge about hazing and a form to report hazing incidents that will be disseminated real-time to the FAMU Police Department. University officials believe the website is a great resource for those across the U.S. who want to have more information on the issue.
“This new site is an interactive and vibrant resource that can help educate and ultimately prevent incidents of hazing on FAMU’s campus,” said Belinda Shannon, member of the FAMU BOT and the BOT liaison to the university Crisis Management Team. “Hazing is a ritual that is practiced on campuses across the nation, but we want to make sure that we are doing what we can to stop this ritual at FAMU.”
The anti-hazing website is one component of the FAMU BOT updated Anti-Hazing Plan. The university plans to add designated Twitter and Facebook accounts to complement the website when the new special assistant to the president on hazing and the music compliance officer are hired. To date, FAMU has received about 60 applications for each position.
“We encourage our students, faculty and staff to bookmark the website, visit it frequently and utilize it if they are aware of any incidents of hazing,” said Robinson. “We want to help educate the campus about what constitutes hazing and the destructive force it can be.”