Florida State University President John Thrasher, has imposed an indefinite ban on all campus fraternities and sororities following the death of a freshman pledge, after an off-campus house party, according to a news release posted to the University’s website.
Andrew Coffey,20, a civil engineering major from Pompano Beach, Florida was found unresponsive the morning after a house party at about 10:25 a.m. Nov 3.
Coffey, a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge, was given medical treatment but died on the scene.
According to the website, 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.
“For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek Life at the university,” Thrasher said. “There must be a new culture, and our students must be full participants in creating it.”
Thrasher also instituted a ban on alcohol at all Recognized Student Organization events during the indefinite interim suspension. FSU has more than 700 such organizations outside of the Greek community.