Pi Kappa Phi fraternity shut down at Florida State University

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WJHG/WECP) - Pi Kappa Phi fraternity announced its decision to revoke the charter of its Beta Eta Chapter at Florida State University on Friday after determining the chapter violated the fraternity’s social event management policies at an event on November 2.

All chapter activities and operations will cease effective immediately as part of the decision.

The revocation comes a week after a pledge, 20-year-old Andrew Coffey, died in an all-night drinking binge in an off-campus home.

The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the off-campus event and the tragic death of Coffey. Pi Kappa Phi continues to direct the members of the chapter to cooperate with all investigative efforts.

“Pi Kappa Phi’s board of directors determined closing the chapter is the only appropriate action,” said Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Timmes. “The fraternity provides our students with the education, training, and mature adult guidance to make good choices and to understand the consequences of their decisions. Pi Kappa Phi holds our chapters and individual members accountable for the choices they make through our conduct process.”

Timmes added, “Our prayers remain with Andrew’s family and friends. We are thankful for the university’s ongoing support of the students impacted by this tragedy.”