TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - Two FSU Fraternities have been suspended for hazing violations and violating the university's ban on Greek activities.
The violations occurred both before and after the death of a 20-year-old pledge which resulted in nine frat members being charged with felony hazing.
Alpha Epsilon Pi was found responsible in four out of five incidents. They include humiliating pledges during a a six-week period and not supervising a party in which a woman was found unresponsive at 4:30 in the morning.
The fraternity is suspended for four years.
“I am imposing an indefinite interim suspension on all fraternities", said FSU President John Thrasher.
Four days after the university suspended all Greek activity, FSU police found 50 members of the Chi Phi Fraternity violating the ban. They were in their underwear at three in the morning at the fountain in front of the administration building. Chi Phi has been suspended for two years.
Neither fraternity responded to a request for a comment.
At a trustees meeting In Panama City, we asked President Thrasher if the cases would be referred to prosecutors.
“If the State Attorney or somebody makes a complaint to the State Attorney, he would would make a decision on whether there would be any criminal charges made, or to make and govern himself accordingly," said Thrasher.
State Senator Keith Perry, who sits on the Higher Education Appropriations Committee says the culture has to change.
Perry said, “So how do we break that? How do we understand? And I’m not sure what the answers are, but I know we need to do more.”
The Attorney General Agrees.
“They’ve got to get their act together and if they are going to be on a campus, they have to abide by the law." said Attorney General Pam Bondi.
But apparently the Greek community hasn’t gotten the message.
All organized Greek activity remains banned on campus.