FSU suspends all fraternities and sororities after student's death

Casey Dawson
November 7, 2017

John Thrasher, the FSU president, announced the indefinite ban on Monday in the wake of the alcohol-related death during a freshman pledge and cocaine charges for another fraternity member. "They must participate in that culture".

"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.

It's unclear how long the suspensions will last, and Thrasher has also banned the use of alcohol during organized school events. "We've got a serious problem".

Andrew Coffey, 20, is alleged to have died at the party, which occurred off of the Florida State University campus. The Democrat reports 22 percent of FSU undergraduates, nearly 7,600 students, belong to a Greek organization during this school year.

University officials say, in the coming weeks, the Division of Student Affairs will create and implement new measures in collaboration with students and other stakeholder groups.

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The fraternity's national office suspended the FSU chapter's operations following his death, according to the Sun-Sentinel, quoting Todd Shelton, a spokesman for Pi Kappa Phi.

Tallahassee, Florida police said Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey, 20, died at an off-campus chapter party on Friday, Nov. 3. And they're part of the solution. He was from Pompano Beach.

Coffey was pronounced dead at the scene, and an investigation into his death is ongoing, police said.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported officers were collecting alcoholic beverage bottles that were scattered on the home's porch as evidence.

This is a developing story.

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