Published: Mar 23, 2012 3:22 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida A&M University trustees have agreed to change the mission of its hazing advisory panel to a "fact finding" committee.
    
The action approved Friday also would exempt the panel of experts from "sunshine" law requirements to meet in public and make its records public. The committee, though, would no longer be able to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
    
The vote was 7-2.
    
The university created the panel after drum major Robert Champion died during what police say was hazing while the FAMU band was in Orlando for a football game last fall.
    
The panel agreed to seek the mission change at its first meeting on March 16. The seven members want to be free to exchange information and collaborate without having to notify the public of meetings.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)