TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A panel of experts brought together by Florida A&M University to battle hazing says it can't do its job in public.
FAMU created an anti-hazing committee in the wake of the November death of drum major Robert Champion. The committee includes a roster of experts, including a band director, a former federal prosecutor and others who have studied hazing in the United States.
During their inaugural meeting committee members agreed to ask FAMU officials to change the mission of the committee in order to bypass Florida's open meetings and public records law.
The committee also announced that it would not investigate past incidents of hazing at FAMU. Instead the group plans to gather information about hazing and how other schools around the country have dealt with it.