Thrasher, FSU Ban Greek Organizations Indefinitely After Pledge's Death

Alcohol may have been factor in death of FSU student from Pompano Beach

Andrew Coffey of Pompano Beach was pledging with FSU's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity in Tallahassee when he was found unresponsive Friday morning after an off-campus house party, the university said. "To ensure the future of fraternity and sorority life, innovative practices will need to redefine our Greek community so that it positively contributes to the full well-being of students", she said.

Pi Kappa Phi's national office suspended the FSU chapter's operations following the death, said Todd Shelton, a spokesman for Pi Kappa Phi. During the interim suspension, fraternities and sororities are banned from from holding new member events, meetings, tailgates, socials, philanthropic events, retreats, intramural sports and organized participation in certain events, though members are allowed to remain as residents in their fraternity or sorority house.

University President John Thrasher has also banned alcohol at all recognized student organized events during the suspension. "They must participate in that culture".

Police collected beer bottles from the porch as evidence, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

President John Thrasher says, "Like most universities, we worry about alcohol and drug abuse and other risky behaviors and we are doing all we can to educate our students". And the FSU chapter was sanctioned by the national office in 2012, 2014, and 2015, though no misconduct allegations were filed in the past year.

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"Like most universities, we worry about alcohol and drug abuse and other risky behaviors, and we are doing all we can to educate our students", Thrasher said. FSU has more than 700 such organizations outside of the Greek community. "But our students and their organizations on campus must step up".

He says the timetable to lift the suspension will be up to the students and how well they can behave.

Florida State University is suspending all of its fraternities and sororities indefinitely after the recent death of a fraternity pledge and the arrest of a member for selling drugs.

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

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