Special committee to begin AMS service TAPS investigation

Initial results slated for November, final report by February

Following the alleged hazing incident, The Underground (pictured above) was one of the TAPS services set to be closed on Homecoming and during Frost Week. This decision was later reversed by the Board.

In response to the TAPS training week incident labelled as ‘hazing’ that occurred in late August, the TAPS Special Committee tasked with investigating has finalized their terms of reference for conducting its investigation.

“Our Special Committee is on schedule to deliver an interim report by the end of the month,” AMS Vice President (Operations) Dave Walker wrote to The Journal via email on Monday.

“We will review the initial results at our November Board meeting, and move forward from there. Our goal is to have a final report ready for February, and we’ll be ready to speak further about what this means for the service at that time.”

When AMS Assembly first addressed the incident at a Sept. 22 meeting they discussed the potential role of a special committee, the implementing of a dry TAPS training program, hiring a new head manager and having an AMS representative oversee fall and winter hiring periods.

The special committee had been established the week prior to Assembly, and just before a new head manager was hired to replace the manager in place during the incident.

The final report and recommendations regarding the internal culture of the pub service will be presented to the AMS Board of Directors in February. In a press release, the committee explained that its first approach to the investigation will be conducting a series of interviews with TAPS staff.

Now, Walker said, “we’re taking our time and making sure we get things right.” 

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