July 18, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) today took significant steps to prevent hazing and restructure the management of its famed Marching “100” band by starting a nationwide search for a high-level administrator to oversee anti-hazing initiatives and a new band compliance officer.
The jobs – Special Assistant to the President for Anti-Hazing and the Department of Music Compliance Officer – were posted on the university’s website. The job announcements will also be advertised in Diverse Issues in Higher Education and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
“We believe that having these individuals as a part of our staff is a critical component of our Anti-Hazing Plan,” said FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson. “Our goal is to rid our campus of hazing and continue our efforts to create a safer environment for our students.”
The new searches were initiated just two weeks after FAMU began a nationwide search for a new Director of Marching and Pep Bands. All three positions will play leading roles in implementing new policies and procedures that are critical to the future of the Marching “100,” which has been suspended for the 2012-13 academic year. Robinson said the goal is to have all three positions filled by the end of the fall 2012 semester.
The Special Assistant to the President for Anti-Hazing will report to the President of FAMU, with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs serving as the secondary supervisor for this position. The Special Assistant will be responsible for the overall management of the university-wide anti-hazing initiatives in collaboration with the University student judicial system, pursuant to the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct and Due Process Regulations.
The duties of the Special Assistant include assessing the reporting and evaluation of complaints/reports regarding students who have allegedly violated the code of conduct relating to hazing; conducting investigative briefings with the President; monitoring the coordination of student briefings, hearings, and records/files maintenance; drafting of appropriate reports and letters; evaluating and implementing safety and educational programming. The Special Assistant will maintain a database and compile statistical hazing related reports and other data requests for external or internal entities per the request of the President. The Special Assistant will also monitor the maintenance of official records of anti-hazing agreements, police reports, judicial reports, and longitudinal hazing data. Working cooperatively and collaboratively with various university areas, the special assistant will develop various conduct and safety related programming and activities.
The Department of Music Compliance Officer will report to the Special Assistant to the President for Anti-Hazing. The Compliance Officer will be responsible for ensuring the overall compliance of the Department of Music, specifically bands and ensembles with university policies and procedures and the Department of Music guidelines specified in approved handbooks.
The Compliance Officer’s scope of work will include monitoring compliance with the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct and Due Process Regulations to include anti-hazing and university imposed sanctions; academic eligibility requirements; meetings and practice limitations; travel; designation and collection of fees; and training and certification of faculty, staff and students.
The Compliance Officer shall also monitor individuals and organizations under sanction by the university and national organizations.
The Compliance Officer will be responsible for the overall programming for the Department of Music. The Compliance Officer also will ensure that the department collaborates with various units on campus as well as off campus agencies and entities as appropriate. The officer will verify the completion of all required official certification forms including student physical examinations where appropriate; monitor student travel and practice related activities; maintain certification records; and report all instances of non-compliance to the special assistant, dean, Department of Music chair and directors.
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