Florida State University Suspends Greek Life After the Death of a Pledge

Andrew Coffey, only 20, was found dead after a party at Pi Kappa Phi, a fraternity off campus at Florida State University (FSU). Investigators say the death is possibly alcohol-related, but an autopsy would need to be completed to know the definite cause of death. “Although there are indicators that alcohol may have been a factor in this case, we are waiting for the results of an autopsy so no cause of death has been determined,” said the Tallahassee Police Chief. Coffey was a pledge of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

University President, John Thrasher, is taking this death very seriously. Florida State has now suspended all 54 fraternities and sororities on campus, and banned alcohol at all 700 organization events. He does not want another incident like this to occur on or near his campus again. Thrasher said “for this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek Life at the university.” Prior to this incident, Penn State also had a tragic death after the hazing of a 19-year-old pledge. They also shut down Greek activities for an entire semester. Other places like Louisiana State suspended Greek life for one-month after the hazing death of an 18-year-old pledge.

During the ban, fraternities and sororities will only be allowed to have national chapter meetings or meetings with the university. All other activities have been banned till further notice for the safety of students. Thrasher has also banned alcohol from the school related organizations at this time as well.

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