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Hazing allegations put TSU band on ice

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Texas Southern University's band is on ice as the university investigates a report of hazing.

Wednesday night, TSU officials got a report of hazing and immediately called a meeting to address the issue.

The band has been suspended until further notice as TSU Police interview the band's director, staff and members.  It's not known how many students were involved, but they believe it involves one section of the band.

Per the suspension, the band's Thursday night performance against Sam Houston State University was canceled.

TSU officials have also prepared seminars on the dangers of hazing for band members and other student organizations.

Eva Pickens, associate vice president of TSU, released the following statement on Friday:

Texas Southern University is investigating a report of a hazing incident within its University Band.  The report was made last night to TSU officials who immediately convened a meeting of University officials to address the report. TSU police is investigating the situation, including conducting interviews with the band director, band staff and members of the band. TSU student affairs personnel will also take appropriate action.

The band has been suspended until further notice, including a cancellation of tonight's scheduled performance against Sam Houston State.

In an effort to educate its students about the dangers of hazing, the university presented multiple training and informational sessions to band members and other student organizations.

While it is not known at this time how many students were involved in this incident, it is believed to involve one section of the band.

TSU officials involved in heading the investigation include:  a vice president for student services, student compliance officers, human resources director, director of bands, general counsel, TSU law enforcement officials, and TSU's communications associate vice president.

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