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NCCU reinstates drum line after hazing investigation

Posted September 26, 2012

— North Carolina Central University has reinstated its drum line after completing an investigation into whether members of the university marching band were involved in hazing, officials said Wednesday.

The drum line of the Marching Sound Machine Band was suspended two weeks ago while N.C. Central officials investigated the hazing allegations.

Officials didn't disclose whether any hazing occurred, saying only that some students violated the school's Student Code of Conduct.

"Any time you have hazing allegations, they are always serious, and we take them very seriously," Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Kevin Rome said. "Or, if you have violations of the Student Code of Conduct (like) in this case where we had violations of the Student Code of Conduct, we always take those issues seriously."

All 36 members of the drum line, even those who didn't violate the code of conduct, will have to attend a hazing prevention workshop and perform an extra 10 hours of community service, N.C. Central officials said. Students are required to perform 15 hours of community service each semester.

The school also will require more supervision of the drum line at practices and meetings.

The drum line members also were suspended for one game, but officials made that sanction retroactive. The students missed performing at N.C. Central's Sept. 15 game against Duke University.

Campus police are still investigating the allegations to determine whether any criminal charges are warranted. There was no word on when that probe might be finished.

NCCU band NCCU says band members violated student conduct code

N.C. Central students said they are relieved the drum line is back.

"I'm happy. You know, it's a very big thing on this campus when it comes to the football games and things," junior Harold Elmore said. "(The band) is a big part of our inspiration when it comes to the football team."

"That's like the heart of the band, and the band is the heart of Central, and when we have games and stuff, we need them," junior Kara Robinson said.

Students said N.C. Central emphasizes throughout the year a zero-tolerance policy on hazing, and recent events reinforce that.

"It does cause a little awareness and let students know that Central is looking at us and watching carefully," Robinson said.

The university is hosting a series of events for National Hazing Prevention Week, including a panel discussion at its law school Wednesday and a candlelight vigil for hazing victims on Thursday. Officials said the events were planned before the allegations involving the drum line surfaced.


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  • issymayake Sep 27, 2012

    I take back the second part of my post. I see they did do an on-campus follow-up.

  • issymayake Sep 27, 2012

    Because it wasn't hazing. Two band members got into a scuffle. The investigation found that the charges were without merit. The other punishment is the university saving face in the media.

    So I wonder where the news cameras are now that the reputation of the drum-line is ruined? Will an on-air follow-up story be done?

  • Sherlock Sep 27, 2012

    This school is a joke like the rest of the schools in NC, money speaks the loudest.

  • Nancy Sep 26, 2012

    Wait. They admit there was hazing, pulled the band off the field for it and now telling them go beat your drums, it's all good?

  • piene2 Sep 26, 2012

    "This is a slap on the wrist. This pitiful sentence for the guilty parties involved hardly meets the requirements for the word punishment.

    But, I guess if you know how to beat a drum to win contests, it's all ok if you haze someone.

    I bet there was money, somehow involved.

  • Coolbreeze Sep 26, 2012

    Sounds like to me NCCU makes their own rules and then don"t enforce them....Somebodys missing a beat on the drum.

  • issymayake Sep 26, 2012

    Um. . . read between the lines folks. The involved students violated the Student Code of Conduct, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they were hazing. This is why the penalty isn't severe.

  • CuriousT Sep 26, 2012

    My comment earlier didn't meet some mysterious requirement.

    This is a slap on the wrist. This pitiful sentence for the guilty parties involved hardly meets the requirements for the word punishment.

    But, I guess if you know how to beat a drum to win contests, it's all ok if you haze someone.

  • awood2 Sep 26, 2012

    I am sorry but that is not enough punishment for what they did to that kid! It says nothing about them being kicked out of band nor the school for that matter. To me it seems like they just got a slap on the hand. What a shame!

  • Wiser_now Sep 26, 2012

    Why weren't the offenders kicked out of the band? It's not "zero tolerance" if they aren't made to pay for what they did.