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

Details Emerging After FSU Fraternity Member Found Dead

Florida State University indefinitely suspended its 55 fraternities and sororities Monday after the alcohol-related death of a freshman pledge and cocaine charges for another fraternity member.

According to reports, 20-year-old Andrew Coffey was found unresponsive early Friday morning after a fraternity party about a mile away from campus.

"Unfortunately once medical personnel got here along with TPD, they determined the person to be deceased", said David Northway with Tallahassee Police Department.

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

"This pause is needed to review and reflect on the loss of a young life and to implement serious changes... There must be a new culture, and our students but be full participants in creating it".

Students can continue to live in their fraternity or sorority houses and can hold meetings with the university or their national chapter, but won't be allowed to hold any other events including any organized participation in homecoming.

"It's understandable because they just want to keep everybody safe, but it really wasn't the fault of all the other fraternities... maybe the one should have just had a little better care for what they were doing, but all the other ones I don't think should be punished for that", said student Jackson Parker.

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"It will be more tame and not as festive as it usually is because there are a lot of floats during the parade and competitions during the week", said Rachel Humphries, who is a Florida State student.

Penn State suspended fraternities and sororities from holding social activities during the spring semester following the hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza in February. No one has been arrested in connection with his death.

"I've communicated with those kinds of groups and let them know that I have zero tolerance for those kinds of activities and that we will bring the hammer down on them if they act inappropriately in those areas", Thrasher told the paper.

"I think hazing is a problem and alcohol is the basis of a lot of their events", she said.

Florida State University President John Thrasher announced today he is imposing an indefinite interim suspension on all fraternities and sororities at FSU effective immediately.

"They must work with us and demonstrate they fully understand the serious obligation they have to exercise responsible conduct", he said. "I hope that it's a short-lived response".

The university also banned the use of alcohol at Recognized Student Organization events at FSU. "They will have to participate in the solution".

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