FSU suspends all fraternities, sororities following death of a pledge

Saul Bowman
November 7, 2017

While Coffey's death remains under investigation, President Thrasher says the suspension, effective immediately, is needed to review and reflect on the loss of a young life.

Florida police are investigating the Tallahassee chapter of a fraternity after a pledge was found dead on Friday morning after a party, as reported by Fox News. "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". Garrett Marcy, a 20-year-old Phi Delta Theta member, has been charged with selling and trafficking cocaine.

Alcohol is also banned at all student organization events during the school's suspension.

"I want to send a serious message, I really do. They must participate in that culture".


"For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek Life at the university", Thrasher said in a statement.

TPD spokesman David Northway said Friday evening that several people were being questioned in connection with the death but no one has been arrested. "Unfortunately we've got to take steps with our students, to make sure this never happens again". Shelton said all chapter operations are now suspended and its members have been directed to fully cooperate with the death investigation. "We appreciate the partnership and support from the Division of Student Affairs during this hard time".

Students in those chapters will be allowed to remain as residents in their fraternity or sorority house and will have meal service.

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