Drum Major Robert Champion had signed an anti hazing pledge before participating in the ritual that took his life.
Students are now being told they will have to sign a similar pledge to be able to register this spring. One student seemed unsure, seeking answers from the Board of Trustees. "I don't know when we're supposed to sign this and I haven't seen any release from the university," said Travis Roberts.
Students arrived for a mandatory anti-hazing town hall meeting in droves. Psychologist and panel participant Na’im Akbar says students will have to assess their own self esteem. "We come with that kind of predisposition to somehow try to get accepted and try to be a part of and therefore we will pay prices very often".
Interim President Larry Robinson says his hope is that repetition of the anti hazing message will eventually get through. "Having students understand that there is nothing about hazing that is beneficial to them".
For students who attended, the meeting was as much about learning how to stop others as it was to get information.
"Hopefully they will really, you know, grasp the concept of anti hazing," said Dance Major Liqueia Davis.
FAMU canceled classes so students could come. They called the meeting mandatory, but they actually have no way of forcing students to attend.
A dance troupe remains suspended after police investigated an alleged Labor Day hazing; proving that even last year's death hasn't yet stopped the ritual.
The University trustees have set what they call an aggressive timetable to have a new president hired and on campus by next July.