UF students on edge after FSU suspends all Greek life

Details Emerging After FSU Fraternity Member Found Dead

FSU fraternities, sororities suspended after pledge is found dead following party

Florida State University President John Thrasher shocked the campus's Greek organizations on Monday when he announced a decision to suspend all fraternity and sorority events indefinitely in light of recent events within the community.

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.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo says indicators suggest alcohol played a role in the junior's death, although they are waiting on an autopsy to confirm, reports CNN.

In an unrelated situation, on Monday, Phi Delta Theta fraternity member Garrett John Marcy was charged with the sale and trafficking of cocaine.

"For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek Life at the university", he said. The university will allow students who live in fraternity and sorority houses to remain there.

"I just feel like for whatever reason, the message is not getting through", Thrasher said.

The North-American Interfraternity Conference said in a statement that it was ready to help FSU seek a way forward "that enhances safety and accountability, while respecting the rights of students who model fraternal excellence". No one has been arrested in connection with his death.


Penn State suspended fraternities and sororities from holding social activities during the spring semester following the hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza in February.

"I think it could be a little bit of a wake up call to kind of spread awareness that they need to take precautions on what's happening".

On campus Monday night, fraternity and sorority members stayed tight-lipped about the suspension as many were told by their organizations not to talk to media.

FSU President John Thrasher also announced a ban on alcohol at events run by the school's more than 700 recognized student organizations.

Thrasher has also banned alcohol at all student organization events during the suspension.

"They must work with us and demonstrate they fully understand the serious obligation they have to exercise responsible conduct", he said.

Armstrong said there's more to fraternity life than just drinking and partying. They also cannot have any organized participation in homecoming activities, which are scheduled for next week.

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