FAMU suspends dance team after hazing reports

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida A&M University officials say the Torque Dance Team has been suspended following allegations of an off-campus hazing incident.

    Interim President Larry Robinson announced the suspension Tuesday, shortly after the university received an anonymous report that the incident occurred during the Labor Day weekend.

    Officials say they've launched an investigation, but details about what happened weren't released.

    FAMU has cracked down on hazing since the death last year of drum major Robert Champion, who died after being beaten by fellow band members during a hazing ritual aboard a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel following a football game. The Marching 100 was later suspended, meaning the band won't be playing at this season's football games.

    Eleven FAMU band members face felony hazing charges, while two others face misdemeanor counts. They have pleaded not guilty.

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