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FSU suspends all fraternities, sororities after student's death

07 November 2017

Florida State University has indefinitely suspended fraternities and sororities following the death of a freshman at an off-campus house party Friday.

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

Andrew Coffey, 20, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was trying to join the FSU's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

"We do not yet have details surrounding the passing today of student Andrew Coffey, but we will work closely with the Tallahassee Police Department".

Another fraternity member, Garrett John Marcy, 20, was charged Monday with the sale and trafficking of cocaine.

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President Thrasher added that the timetable for lifting the suspension is up to the student community.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family and friends", Pi Kappa Phi CEO Mark E. Timmes said in a statement obtained by ABC News. "For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek life on campus".

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

"I want to send a serious message, I really do", Thrasher said. After the February hazing death of 19-year old Timothy Piazza, Penn State suspended fraternities and sororities from holding social activities during the spring semester. "We appreciate the partnership and support from the Division of Student Affairs during this hard time".

Chapter members will be allowed to remain in their fraternity or sorority house and will have meal service. "They will have to participate in the solution".

FSU suspends all fraternities, sororities after student's death