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FAMU president postpones work of hazing task force

Robert Champion Sr., left, and his wife, Pam lead a procession into the funeral service for their son, Florida A&M University band member Robert Champion, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 in Decatur, Ga. The 26-year-old was found dead on Nov.19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando, Fla. hotel after the school's football team lost to a rival. Authorities suspect hazing but have not released any further details. Robert Champion Sr., left, and his wife, Pam lead a procession into the funeral service for their son, Florida A&M University band member Robert Champion, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 in Decatur, Ga. The 26-year-old was found dead on Nov.19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando, Fla. hotel after the school's football team lost to a rival. Authorities suspect hazing but have not released any further details. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
December 2, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida A&M University's president says a university task force he appointed last month after the death of a marching band member won't start its work until other agencies conduct their own investigations.

James H. Ammons said in a news release sent early Friday that the work of the task force was being postponed so the school could fully cooperate with investigations by the Florida Board of Governors, Orange County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The task force had been scheduled to meet Monday.

Robert Champion was found unresponsive on Nov. 19 on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel after a school football game. His death has sparked a criminal investigation as well as a probe into whether FAMU has ignored past warnings about hazing.

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