FSU suspends all fraternities, sororities following death of a pledge

FSU suspends all fraternities, sororities following death of a pledge

Andrew Coffey, a 20-year-old Florida State University freshman, died Friday morning.

FSU President John Thrasher didn't specify how long the suspension will last.

"I think people just get too insane when they're partying and all of that", Jillian Bustillo, a UF student, said. "That's my pledge to our students, to their parents and, certainly, to this community".

In an unrelated event, another student - Garrett John Marcy - was arrested this week after an FSU officer discovered cocaine in his apartment at the Phi Delta Theta house.

"For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek life at the university", Thrasher said at a news conference.

Students can continue to live in the fraternity and sorority houses and hold chapter meetings, but they cannot host any events or take part in Homecoming as an organization, which is scheduled for November 12-18.

"It will be more tame and not as festive as it usually is because there are a lot of floats during the parade and competitions during the week", said Rachel Humphries, who is a Florida State student.

"Unfortunately, there has been a rash of instances similar to this, so I can understand the reason for the response", Armstrong said. A cause of death has not yet been released.

The Tallahassee Police Department said alcohol may have been a factor in his death.

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DeLeo said investigators have interviewed more than 50 people, and plan to interview more people. "We want to take a pause and try to figure out what to do as a community, FSU community, Greek community, FSU at large to try and solve these problems", said Thrasher.

Students had mixed reaction to Thrasher's unprecedented decision.

Students on the UF campus are still shocked about the death of the FSU student.

"I thought it was kind of drastic because it was all of a sudden".

"Everybody should be more careful, obviously of what happened but I think it will definitely change the way people act here", Salgan said.

"I feel like I have a little leverage now to talk about these things with fraternities and sororities". "But all of our student organizations - Greek organizations and the other recognized student organizations on campus - must step up".

"I think we could be targeted next if we do anything wrong honestly", Salgan said.

Dorce said she hopes the suspension will be a change for the better for her fellow Seminoles.

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