FSU suspends all fraternities, sororities following death of a pledge

Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity

"All of our student organizations-Greek organizations and the other recognized student organizations on campus-must step up", Thrasher said Monday.

The university has more than 700 organizations outside the campus' Greek life. Shelton said all chapter operations are now suspended and its members have been directed to fully cooperate with the death investigation. "There must be a new culture, and our students must be full participants in creating it", Thrasher said in a statement.

Tallahassee police say that while they have reason to believe alcohol played a role in Coffey's death, they are waiting for the results of an autopsy.

Chapter members will be allowed to remain in their fraternity or sorority house and will have meal service. The Democrat reports 22 percent of FSU undergraduates, nearly 7,600 students, belong to a Greek organization during this school year. "They will have to participate in the solution", Thrasher said.




The fraternity's national office suspended the FSU chapter's operations following his death, according to the Sun-Sentinel, quoting Todd Shelton, a spokesman for Pi Kappa Phi.

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge, freshman Andrew Coffey, was found unresponsive on Friday following a party. He was given medical treatment at the scene, but died. Coffey was a civil engineering major from Pompano Beach.

Detectives have yet to announce an official cause of death, though alcohol has been implicated as authorities were spotted collecting bottles and cans of beer that littered the front yard of the home where he died, as reported by Tallahassee Democrat.

This is a developing story.

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