FSU Imposes Interim Suspension on Fraternities, Sororities After Student's Death

FSU Imposes Interim Suspension on Fraternities, Sororities After Student's Death

FSU Imposes Interim Suspension on Fraternities, Sororities After Student's Death

Thrasher says this "pause" on Greek life is needed to "review and reflect on the loss of young life".

"I think campuses are doing it because they believe some form of a perceived strong reaction is a necessity", Fierberg said, adding that schools typically lift the suspensions without changing the self-governance of the Greek houses or adding transparency on incidents. After the death of a 19-year-old Penn State University student in February, the university temporarily banned alcohol from sorority and fraternity parties.

Pi Kappa Phi's national office told Florida Politics Friday that the FSU chapter's operations were suspended and an investigation is underway.

"Unfortunately, we have got to take steps in a serious manner with our partners and stakeholders and students to make sure it doesn't happen again", Thrasher said.

Andrew Coffey, a 20-year-old Florida State University freshman, died Friday morning. "There must be a new culture, and our students but be full participants in creating it".

"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 Police Chief Michael DeLeo.


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

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

Many students at UF are on the edge of their seats after FSU suspends all greek life.

A news release said the timetable for ending the suspension was not clear, as the university's Division of Student Affairs works with students and other groups. "I think less drinking is a good response", said graduate student Jacob Kon.

During the interim suspension, fraternity and sorority chapters will be prohibited from holding new member events, council or chapter meetings, chapter organized tailgates, chapter events such as socials, philanthropy, retreats, intramurals, organized participation in Market Wednesday and organized participation in Homecoming. They also cannot have any organized participation in homecoming activities, which are scheduled for next week. Students who reside in sorority and fraternity houses can continue living there for now.

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