Florida State University suspends fraternities and sororities following death of pledge

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house

Florida State University is imposing an indefinite interim suspension on all fraternities and sororities following the death of a student from South Florida.

FSU also announced that a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, 20-year-old Garrett John Marcy, was charged Monday in an unrelated case with the sale and trafficking of cocaine.

It comes after Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey, 20, died after attending an off-campus house party.

Florida State University President John Thrasher says the move is meant to send a message to Greek organizations. "They must participate in that culture". The FSU chapter of the fraternity was suspended by its national organization after the death, pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht said, "To ensure the future of fraternity and sorority life, innovative practices will need to redefine our Greek community so that it positively contributes to the full well-being of students".

Sophomore FSU student AnnaMaria Luciano lamented that her sorority's philanthropy was cancelled today after Thrasher's announcement.

The Tab reached out to several members of Greek life organizations who said they were not allowed to comment.

Thrasher also instituted a ban on alcohol at all Recognized Student Organization events during the indefinite interim suspension.

After attending a party about a mile from the FSU campus Thursday night - the beginning of the school's parents' weekend - Coffey was found unresponsive in the home where it was held on Friday morning, according to the report. He died on the scene.

On Friday, investigators removed scattered alcohol bottles around the porch as evidence.

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