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Florida State Suspends Greek Life After Pledge's Alcohol-Related Death

Florida State Suspends Greek Life After Pledge's Alcohol-Related Death

Thrasher also announced an alcohol ban at all student organization functions.

"I want to send a serious message, I really do", said Thrasher.

The university has more than 700 organizations outside the campus' Greek life.

Fraternity and sorority chapters will not be able to hold 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, the university said in the release.

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They will be allowed to remain as residents in their fraternity or sorority house and will have meal service.

Tallahassee, Florida police said Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey, 20, died at an off-campus chapter party on Friday, Nov. 3.

University officials say that failure to comply with the terms of the interim suspension could result in immediate disciplinary action. "Unfortunately we've got to take steps with our students, to make sure this never happens again". The Democrat reports 22 percent of FSU undergraduates, nearly 7,600 students, belong to a Greek organization during this school year.

According to the Associated Press, Coffey's death was alcohol-related while another 20-year-old student, Garrett John Marcy, was charged with cocaine dealing and trafficking. "They will have to participate in the solution", Thrasher said. Pi Kappa Phi has faced disciplinary action numerous times over the last five years, the Sun-Sentinel reports, including for alcohol violations. Coffey was a civil engineering major from Pompano Beach.


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