Florida State suspends Greek life following alcohol death

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Florida State University president John Thrasher announced on Monday that all of the school's fraternities and sororities have been suspended indefinitely, the Washington Post reports.

The action follows the death three days ago of Andrew Coffey, a pledge at Pi Kappa Phi, who was found unresponsive after attending a party, and the arrest today in an unrelated case of Garrett John Marcy, 20, who was charged with the sale and trafficking of cocaine.

"Unfortunately once medical personnel got here along with TPD, they determined the person to be deceased", said David Northway with Tallahassee Police Department.

Mr. Thrasher said he had reviewed actions taken by other universities before he chose to enact a suspension across the Greek system. Thrasher said Greek life will not participate in homecoming this year and that fraternity and sorority chapters will be prevented from holding new member events, council and chapter meetings, chapter organized tailgates, social and philanthropic events, retreats, and intramurals.

Students will be allowed to remain as residents in their fraternity or sorority house.

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"I think people just get too insane when they're partying and all of that", Jillian Bustillo, a UF student, said. "Unfortunately, we've got to take steps with our students, to make sure this never happens again". The suspension also bans alcohol at any event for FSU's approximately 700 registered student organizations.

In a 2016 interview with the FSView & Florida Flambeau, a student publication at the university, Thrasher expressed sentiments of zero tolerance when it comes to hazing rituals in the Greek community. Louisiana State had a one-month suspension and continues to ban alcohol at Greek parties after the hazing death of 18-year old Maxwell Gruver in September.

"I thought it was kind of drastic because it was all of a sudden. I think hazing is a problem and alcohol is the basis of a lot of their events", said Abygail Stiekman.

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

Many students at UF are on the edge of their seats after FSU suspends all greek life. "I think less drinking is a good response", said graduate student Jacob Kon. They also cannot have any organized participation in homecoming activities, which are scheduled for next week.

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