Florida State University student dead after apparent party

Posted November 07, 2017

Greek life at Florida State University has been indefinitely suspended after a freshman pledge died and another fraternity member faces cocaine charges.

In response, FSU President John Thrasher announced an indefinite suspension of Greek life and a ban on alcohol at all student events.

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Coffey, a civil engineering major from Pompano Beach and a Pi Kappa Phi pledge, died after attending an off-campus house party. "Although there are indicators that alcohol may have been a factor in this case, we are waiting for the results of an autopsy, so no cause of death has been determined". During the interim suspension, fraternities and sororities are banned from from holding new member events, meetings, tailgates, socials, philanthropic events, retreats, intramural sports and organized participation in certain events, though members are allowed to remain as residents in their fraternity or sorority house.

"I just feel like for whatever reason, the message is not getting through", Thrasher said. Shelton said all chapter operations are now suspended and its members have been directed to fully cooperate with the death investigation. "They must participate in that culture".

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No arrests have been made in Coffey's alcohol-related death.

"They must work with us and demonstrate they fully understand the serious obligation they have to exercise responsible conduct", he said.

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University officials say, in the coming weeks, the Division of Student Affairs will create and implement new measures in collaboration with students and other stakeholder groups.