FSU suspends Greek life indefinitely after fraternity pledge's death

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Florida State University President John Thrasher announced Monday he is imposing an indefinite interim suspension on all fraternities and sororities at FSU effective immediately.

The decision comes after Andrew Coffey, a pledge at Pi Kappa Phi, was found unresponsive after attending a party last week, and from Monday's arrest of a Phi Delta Theta fraternity member, 20-year-old Garret John Marcy, who has been charged with the sale and trafficking of cocaine. The two incidents are unrelated.

Thrasher said this pause is needed to review and reflect on the loss of a young life. He said, “For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek Life at the university, There must be a new culture, and our students must be full participants in creating it.”

The president has also banned alcohol at all Recognized Student Organization events during the suspension.

The timetable for lifting the suspension is up to the student community, Thrasher said. He said, “They must work with us and demonstrate they fully understand the serious obligation they have to exercise responsible conduct.”

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.

Members that live in the fraternity or sorority houses will be allowed to stay. They can still attend leadership classes, judicial and conduct hearings, and risk management education workshops offered by the university.