FSU suspends all fraternities and sororities after pledge's death

Nov 07, 2017, 00:53
FSU suspends all fraternities and sororities after pledge's death

According to the Associated Press, Coffey's death was alcohol-related while another 20-year-old student, Garrett John Marcy, was charged with cocaine dealing and trafficking. FSU President Thrasher says the ban on Greek life will stay in place until there is a new culture in place for the organizations.

During Florida State's suspension of fraternities and sororities, chapters will not be allowed to hold organized events, aside from meetings with the university or their national chapter.

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"We've got a serious problem and we've got to deal with it". Twenty-two percent of all FSU undergraduates belong to a Greek organization. "But all of our student organizations - Greek organizations and the other recognized student organizations on campus - must step up".

The suspension followed the death of Andrew Coffey, a 20-year-old pledge at Pi Kappa Phi, who was found unresponsive after attending a party on Thursday.

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"We are overwhelmed with sadness any time we learn of the death of one of our students, and the FSU family provides extensive outreach to their family and friends as they deal with the tragic loss of a young life", she wrote. They also cannot have any organized participation in homecoming activities, which are scheduled for next week. He was given treatment but pronounced dead at the scene.

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

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Coffey was reportedly a pledge for the Phi Kappa Pi Fraternity. He was from Pompano Beach. Check back for updates.