Florida State University Suspends all Greek Life

Florida State University’s President, John E. Thrasher, has suspended all greek life indefinitely after twenty-year-old Andrew Coffey died after drinking with his fraternity members.

Coffey was pledging the school’s chapter of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Although Coffey’s exact cause of death is unconfirmed, the Tallahassee Police Department believes alcohol was likely a contributing factor.

There are 55 greek organizations on Florida State’s campus, and all upcoming chapter meetings, social events, and philanthropy have been canceled.

According to the New York Times, greek-related activities will not resume until the greek organizations along with the Division of Student Affairs create new standards of behavior for fraternity and sorority members.

“The message is not getting through,” Thrasher told the New York Times. “There must be a new culture, and our students must be full participants in creating it.”

Florida State is just the latest university to sanction greek life following a student’s death.

Penn State University suspended greek life after Tim Piazza, a pledge, died after being hazed and drinking excessively. More than twenty students face criminal charges related to Piazza’s death.

Also, Louisiana State University temporarily shut down greek life after a pledge died in September.

“I think Thrasher made the right decision,” FSU senior Christine Catania told the Tallahassee Democrat.  “I think it’s a great step toward making everyone accountable for the parts of hazing that are negative and may have cause Andrew Coffey’s death.”

 

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