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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida A&M University top administrators knew about recent hazing incidents within the famed Marching 100 and the police chief called for the band to be barred from playing at the Florida Classic football game three days before drum major Robert Champion died there following a November hazing.

Notes from FAMU Dean of Students Henry L. Kirby, sent to board of trustees members late Thursday, document a Nov. 16 meeting between Provost Cynthia Hughes-Harris, Vice President of Student Affairs William Hudson Jr. and retired band director Julian White, during which Police Chief Calvin Ross recommended the band be suspended and forbidden from playing in Orlando because of reported hazing.

Kirby said White indicated "he did not think the whole band should be suspended."

Kirby also said he recommended a suspension similar to that imposed on the university's chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in 2006 for hazing.

Kirby did not mention FAMU President James H. Ammons as being present at the November meeting, nor did he confirm if the president knew of the meeting. Ammons has said he was unaware that hazing was a serious problem on campus.

Notes from FAMU Dean of Students Henry L. Kirby, sent to board of trustees members late Thursday, document a Nov. 16 meeting between Provost Cynthia Hughes-Harris, Vice President of Student Affairs William Hudson Jr. and retired band director Julian White, during which Police Chief Calvin Ross recommended the band be suspended and forbidden from playing in Orlando because of reported hazing.

Kirby said White indicated "he did not think the whole band should be suspended."

Kirby also said he recommended a suspension similar to that imposed on the university's chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in 2006 for hazing.

Kirby did not mention FAMU President James H. Ammons as being present at the November meeting, nor did he confirm if the president knew of the meeting. Ammons has said he was unaware that hazing was a serious problem on campus.

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