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FSU suspends all fraternities, sororities following death of a pledge

10 November, 2017, 01:40 | Author: Greg Wolfe
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Florida State University is imposing an indefinite interim suspension on all fraternities and sororities following the death of a student from South Florida.

Thrasher said fraternity and sorority members will continue to to live in their houses during the suspension.

Andrew Coffey, a 20-year-old Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge, was found unconscious on Friday morning following a house party.

"This pause is needed to review and reflect on the loss of a young life and to implement serious changes", Thrasher said.

"People are dying and once people are dying it becomes that much important", said FSU student Geranice Dorce, who is not a sorority member.

The Times notes that FSU is not the first school to adopt such a measure in an effort to change the culture of Greek life.

Florida State is at least the third university this year to suspend Greek life because of alcohol-related tragedies.

University President John Thrasher says a temporary ban all Greek activity on the campus was the right thing to do.

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"I just feel like for whatever reason, the message is not getting through", says Thrasher.

"Unfortunately we have got to take action with our partners and stakeholders, the students, to make sure that it doesn't happen again", he told WCTV.

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.

Tallahassee Police officials said there are indicators that alcohol may have been a factor but they're awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

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. FSU student Alex Aull said he was shocked when he heard about the ban. "I think hazing is a problem and alcohol is the basis of a lot of their events", said Abygail Stiekman.

However, penalizing all Greek houses seemed unfair to freshman Lila Pullo, who was supposed to be initiated into the Delta Gamma sorority. "If they did end Greek life the atmosphere on campus will go down a lot".

"They must work with us and demonstrate they fully understand the serious obligation they have to exercise responsible conduct", he said. "I think less drinking is a good response", said graduate student Jacob Kon.


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