The Kappa Kappa Psi National Council was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Florida A&M University Marching 100 drum major, Robert Champion. Our most sincere condolences are with the Champion Family and the Florida A&M University community.
According to the chapter president and Kappa Kappa Psi National Headquarters, Mr. Champion was not a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and he was not in the membership education process this semester. We are currently trying to reach representatives from the Office of Student Activities at Florida A&M University to confirm this information as well. The members of the Delta Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Florida A&M have been informed that it is the expectation of our National Council that they will cooperate fully with University officials and law enforcement representatives with regards to the investigation of this situation. It is our hope that from this tragedy, the Florida A&M band program will emerge as a stronger organization.
The mission statement of Kappa Kappa Psi states, Kappa Kappa Psi is a fraternal organization that promotes the advancement of college and university bands through dedicated service and support to bands; comprehensive education; leadership opportunities; and recognition; for the benefit of its members and society. Hazing is not in line with our mission, ritual or values and is simply against the law. We steadfastly advocate and support the removal of hazing practices from college bands and society. For more information on the Kappa Kappa Psi National Policy on hazing please visit http://www.kkpsi.org/policies.asp.
Once again, our thoughts are with all those affected by the loss of Mr. Champion. We wish everyone the best as they move forward from this tragedy.
Founded in 1919 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Kappa Kappa Psi is the leading fraternity solely dedicated to supporting and developing college and university band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi has affiliation with over 210 college and university campuses across the United States of America. Guided by our values, mission and ritual, Kappa Kappa Psi is purposefully working towards our vision With a dedicated spirit of unity and cooperation, we are unequivocally committed to become the world standard of excellence for band fraternal organizations. Collectively, Kappa Kappa Psi members are inspiring one another and all college band members to Strive for the Highest.