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FAMU dismisses students charged with hazing

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January 23, 2012 12:08 PM EST | AP


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The four students charged last week with hazing pledges of a Florida A&M University marching band club known as the Clones have been dismissed from the school.

The move was announced Monday during a FAMU board of trustees meeting. The students will have a chance to appeal their dismissal before a student judicial committee.

The four band members face misdemeanor hazing charges after reports that other students were punched and paddled during initiation meetings that began in early September. Last week's arrests are the latest in a scandal that has rocked the university and its famed Marching 100 band.

In November, FAMU drum major Robert Champion died hours after a football game in Orlando in what authorities said was a hazing ritual. His death has been ruled a homicide, but no charges have been brought.