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UPDATED: DSU Suspends All Band Activity During Hazing Investigation

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - New details are emerging in the investigation into hazing at Delaware State University.

Thursday the school announced it had suspended all band activities at least through the end of 2013, including performances like the University's final home football game on Nov. 23. The suspension is school policy during an investigation of this nature.

"The university takes any kind of hazing seriously," said Carlos Holmes, a spokesman for DSU.

Lots of people were talking about the alleged hazing both on-campus and online.

The school says there are about 150 students involved with the bands.

Tweets from some of them defended the bands. It's clear members are upset about the coverage this story has gotten. Their tweets frequently mention these are only allegations at this point. But they are allegations the university is taking very seriously.

The University Bands Handbook, in addition to many other documents, specifically prohibits hazing.

DSU officials say the allegations come from multiple sources. They say the band director found out about a week ago and brought the information to administrators.

"What we have been able to find out so far has led us to the decision that we need to suspend all band activities until we conclude this investigation," Holmes said.

Holmes wouldn't give any specifics about what might have happened. He did say there were no reports of injuries.

There's also no indication in what band activity the hazing is al ledged to have happened. The jazz, concert, pep, as well as marching, bands have all been suspended.

"Because we don't know how far these allegations go - do they go to all band members? are the specific to one organization? - we don't know," said Holmes.

News of the hazing allegations are spreading around campus.

"I was shocked," said Madeline Porter, a grad student at DSU. "I don't know anything about what's going on in the band. But if it is true, that's very unfortunate."

"I heard when I first came to Delaware State that it's a fun school, but there's stuff that should have gone away, like hazing," Trron Adlam, a first year student at DSU, said.

"It's very unfortunate because of the reputation the band upholds for the university," said Charles Robinson-Snead.

Everyone WBOC spoke with expressed hope the allegations aren't true. But the school isn't taking any chances.

"We have been very adamant that we need to be very decisive on the issue of hazing," Holmes said. "We don't want to wait until a student is seriously injured, we have a fatality, before we act."

Holmes says there could end up being repercussions for individual students - including suspension, expulsion, maybe even criminal charges - if that's where the investigation heads.

The suspension of band activities does not affect music classes.

Decisions concerning band activities during the 2014 spring semester will not be made until the conclusion of the ongoing investigation, which the University is conducting in conjunction with the DSU Police Department.

In a strange coincidence DSU football is playing Florida A&M Saturday. That school had a deadly hazing incident in its marching band two years ago.

Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president for academic affairs, said student safety is a paramount priority at DSU.

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