FSU Suspends Fraternities and Sororities

Posted November 08, 2017

Coffey was trying to become a full member of the FSU chapter of Pi Kappa Phi.

Police arrived at the home on Buena Vista Drive shortly after 10:30 a.m. Friday and found Coffey unresponsive. He was given medical attention but all attempts made to revive him were unsuccessful and he died at the scene. He was from Pompano Beach.

Coffey's death occurred just ahead of Parents' Weekend, when students' families are encouraged to visit campus.

The fraternity's national office suspended the FSU chapter's operations following his death, according to the Sun-Sentinel, quoting Todd Shelton, a spokesman for Pi Kappa Phi.

Police collected beer bottles from the porch as evidence, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. "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". Marcy, 20, was arrested for the sale and trafficking of cocaine.

Thrasher made the announcement during a press conference on Monday afternoon.

"For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek life on campus". Florida State University President John Thrasher says the move is meant to send a message to Greek organizations. "They must participate in that culture". He says all sorority and fraternity chapters will be prohibited from holding new member events, weekly chapter meetings and chapter organized tailgates, socials or events of any kind until further notice.

Thrasher also instituted a ban on alcohol at all Recognized Student Organization events during the indefinite interim suspension.

"Like most universities, we worry about alcohol and drug abuse and other risky behaviors, and we are doing all we can to educate our students", Thrasher said. "But our students and their organizations on campus must step up". "And the sooner they can come to the table and we can all talk and find those solutions, the sooner this will be lifted", he said.

Florida State University has indefinitely suspended all fraternities and sororities days after the death of a fraternity pledge who had attended a party, according to a news release on the college website.