Delaware State University has suspended the activities of all band music groups while the institution carries out an investigation of alleged hazing.
The suspension of all band performances – including those of the DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band, the DSU Jazz Ensembles, the Concert Band and the Pep Bands – encompasses all scheduled engagements throughout the remainder of the 2013 fall semester, including the University’s final home football game on Nov. 23.
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.
Dr. Alton Thompson, DSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said that, as always, student safety is a paramount priority at DSU.
“The University takes these allegations of hazing very seriously, and as such, taking action immediately to suspend the band activities and thoroughly investigate the veracity of the charges is the only appropriate course,” Dr. Thompson said.
That action is in accordance with established University policy that requires an organization to be suspended while there is an ongoing investigation in connection with its activities and actions.
While the band performance activities are suspended, music-related academic classes will continue to take place.