Friday, 17 November, 2017

FSU President Suspends All Fraternities, Sororities

Alcohol may have been factor in death of FSU student from Pompano Beach Alcohol may have led to FSU fraternity pledge's death, police say
Steve Phelps | 08 November, 2017, 00:36

The move came after freshman Andrew Coffey was found unresponsive during a pledge at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, and died later. Coffey was a junior who had transferred to FSU this semester and was studying civil engineering, according to a school spokesman. The suspension was also aimed at redefining the university's Greek community.

Pi Kappa Phi has faced disciplinary action numerous times over the last five years, the Sun-Sentinel reports, including for alcohol violations.

In addition to the Greek life suspension, Thrasher ordered a ban on alcohol at all events hosted by recognized student organizations. President John Thrasher says, "Losing a member of the Florida State University family is always hard, but to see a young persons life cut short is especially heart-breaking". "There must be a new culture, and our students must be full participants in creating it". The exact circumstances surrounding Coffey's death remained unclear, though it appeared alcohol may have been a factor, officials said.

During the interim suspension, fraternity and sorority chapters will be prohibited from holding new member events, council or chapter meetings, chapter organized tailgates, chapter events such as socials, philanthropy, retreats, intramurals, organized participation in Market Wednesday and organized participation in Homecoming.

"Like most universities, we worry about alcohol and drug abuse and other unsafe behaviors, and we are doing all we can to educate our students", he said.

"Like most universities, we worry about alcohol and drug abuse and other unsafe behaviors, and we are doing all we can to educate our students", Thrasher said.

Members of FSU's Greek community will still be able to reside in fraternity and sorority housing. "But our students and their organizations on campus must step up".

Reacting to his death, the university on Monday indefinitely suspended all 54 fraternities and sororities, said Florida State University President John Thrasher.

"I want to send a message that we've got a serious problem and we need to deal with it, and they're part of the solution", Thrasher said.

Those who do not comply with the interim suspension could be disciplined immediately, according to the release.

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