FSU suspends all fraternities, sororities in wake of student's death

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Shortly before the start of Florida State University's Parents' Weekend, the school placed a ban on fraternities and sororities following the death of a student, USA Today reports.

The press release said the university's Division of Student Affairs will create and implement new measures in collaboration with students and other stakeholder groups. "We've got a serious problem", President John Thrasher said.

All Pi Kappa Phi activity at FSU has been suspended in the wake of Coffey's death, and fraternity brothers have been directed to cooperate with a police investigation, the Democrat reports.

Students in those chapters will be allowed to remain as residents in their fraternity or sorority house and will have meal service.

A ban on alcohol has also been issued at all Recognized Student Organization events during the interim suspension.


"It's bad to see the whole system suspended, especially organizations who do not participate in hazing, however, there is a real problem in this system and I'm glad it is being addressed", an FSU senior in Greek life told The Tab.

During the suspension, the only events Greek life members can conduct are meetings with the university or their national chapter.

The move comes after 20-year-old Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey died Friday off-campus following a party. And they're part of the solution. He was given treatment but pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators on Friday bagged alcohol bottles scattered around the porch as evidence.

Police responded to a call at 10:23 a.m. Friday and first responders were unable to revive him. Check back for updates.

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