John Thrasher, President of Florida State University, has suspended all Greek life activities after the death of a 20-year-old student.
Andrew Coffey, was discovered unresponsive Friday morning following a house party near campus. The student was a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge and despite receiving medical treatment, died on the scene.
Thrasher’s decision to suspend all Greek activities including fraternities and sororities is intended to send a strong message.
“We’ve got a serious problem.”
On Monday, just as FSU was beginning “Parents’ Weekend”, a separate case led to the arrest of Garret John Marcy for trafficking cocaine. Marcy, 20, belongs t the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
The campus is filled with visiting perspective students and parents wanting to learn about the programs and lifestyle of FSU students.
In addition to indefinitely closing the fraternities and sororities, Thrasher has banned all alcohol at student organization functions, more than 700 events in total.
The University’s press release stated, in part: “FSU has received national recognition for its innovative programs designed to curb high-risk behaviors. These model programs are emulated by other universities and aggressively encourage students to report incidents they think might be hazing. The university has dozens of programs that work with Greek organizations to educate them on the values they are expected to reflect, providing tools and resources to assist student leaders and advisors in effectively managing their organizations.”
Working with the Division of Student Affairs, students will create and set in place new measures in collaboration with other stakeholder groups, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht.
The University wants the entire Greek lifestyle re-invented before they will reinstate the fraternities and sororities. During the suspension, students will be allowed to remain in their Greek Houses and retain meal service.
Greek residents can attend judicial and conduct hearings, leadership classes, and risk management/education workshops offered by the university.
There is no set timetable for lifting the suspension. Thrasher stresses that the reinstatement is up to the student community.
“They have to exercise responsible conduct,”
Throughout the suspension the fraternities and sororities 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
- organized participation in Homecoming