FSU suspends all fraternities, sororities in wake of student's death

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Andrew Coffey was found dead Friday morning after an off-campus fraternity party Thursday night in Tallahassee. Coffey was a junior who had transferred to FSU this semester and was studying civil engineering, according to a school spokesman.

Fraternity and sorority chapters will not be able to hold 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, the university said in the release.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family and friends", Mark E. Timmes, Pi Kappa Phi CEO, said in a statement issued to International Business Times on Tuesday. Thrasher is asking for student body participation to create a new culture for Greek life on campus.

University President John Thrasher has also banned alcohol at all recognized student organized events during the suspension.

Though the cause of Coffey's death hasn't been determined, Tallahassee police said alcohol may have been a factor, The Associated Press reported. And the FSU chapter was sanctioned by the national office in 2012, 2014, and 2015, though no misconduct allegations were filed in the a year ago.

In a separate and unrelated case, fraternity member, Garret Marcy of Phi Delta Theta was charged with selling drugs. They can attend leadership classes, judicial and conduct hearings, and risk management education workshops offered by the university.

Members of FSU's Greek community will still be able to reside in fraternity and sorority housing.

University officials say that failure to comply with the terms of the interim suspension could result in immediate disciplinary action.

Reacting to his death, the university on Monday indefinitely suspended all 54 fraternities and sororities, said Florida State University President John Thrasher.

Thrasher said the timetable for the suspension period will be up to the student community as they must "demonstrate they fully understand the serious obligation they have to exercise responsible conduct". And they're part of the solution.

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