Tallahassee, Fla.

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

Greek life crack­down: Florida State Univer­sity in­def­i­nitely sus­pended all 55 of its fra­ter­ni­ties and soror­i­ties this week after a 20-year-old Pi Kappa Phi fra­ter­nity pledge died at an off-cam­pus house party dur­ing Par­ents Week­end. An­drew Cof­fey, a civil en­gi­neer­ing ma­jor, was found un­re­spon­sive the morn­ing after the party, and died at the scene. An­other stu­dent, a 20-year-old mem­ber of Phi Delta Theta fra­ter­nity, was sep­a­rately charged with co­caine traf­fick­ing. FSU is the third univer­sity this year to sus­pend Greek life after an al­co­hol-re­lated tragedy, along with Penn State and Louisiana State. More than 7,500 FSU un­der­grads, or more than 20 per­cent, be­long to a Greek or­ga­ni­za­tion. Fra­ter­ni­ties and soror­i­ties will be banned from hold­ing meet­ings or events, and the univer­sity is bar­ring al­co­hol at all events held by stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tions. “I want to send a se­ri­ous mes­sage,” said univer­sity pres­i­dent John Thrasher. “We’ve got a se­ri­ous prob­lem.”

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