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Florida State University Suspends Fraternities and Sororities Indefinitely After Student Death

10 November 2017

Police are investigating the death of a Florida State University fraternity pledge at a chapter party.

University President John Thrasher says the length of the suspension has not been determined.

Tallahassee police said no one has been arrested in the death of 20-year-old Andrew Coffey, a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity who died at an off-campus house party. Police said alcohol may have been a factor but were awaiting an autopsy.

In an unrelated event, another student - Garrett John Marcy - was arrested this week after an FSU officer discovered cocaine in his apartment at the Phi Delta Theta house.

On Monday, members of the Greek community were told not to speak to the media, but but non-Greek students said they have mixed reactions on the sanctions.

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President Thrasher said he hopes this suspension won't be long, but said he will need to see members come together and truly believe they're working towards safer goals in order to lift it.

Due to the suspension, fraternities and sororities will not be allowed to hold organized events or participate in any homecoming activities.

"I'm very concerned about these activities", Thrasher said Monday at a press conference. Louisiana State had a one-month suspension and continues to ban alcohol at Greek parties after the hazing death of 18-year old Maxwell Gruver in September.

Thrasher has also banned alcohol at all student organization events during the suspension, according to ABC News.

Students on the UF campus are still shocked about the death of the FSU student.

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"I was very surprised that they are doing something about it".

"For me and a lot of the people who are entering, we're all pretty upset because we are trying to get the reputation back up", she said. "We want to take a pause and try to figure out what to do as a community, FSU community, Greek community, FSU at large to try and solve these problems", said Thrasher. "If they did end Greek life the atmosphere on campus will go down a lot".

"Unfortunately, there has been a rash of instances similar to this, so I can understand the reason for the response", Armstrong said.

The university has dozens of programs that work with Greek organizations to educate them on the values they are expected to reflect, providing tools and resources to assist student leaders and advisors in effectively managing their organizations. "I think less drinking is a good response", said graduate student Jacob Kon.

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Florida State University Suspends Fraternities and Sororities Indefinitely After Student Death