Florida State University student dead after apparent party

Florida State University President John Thrasher announces he is imposing an indefinite interim suspension on all fraternities and sororities at FSU effective immediately at a news conference Monday Nov. 6 2017 at the Westcott Building. (FSU

Florida State University student dead after apparent party

A 20-year-old Florida State University student was found dead Friday, the morning after an off-campus fraternity party, the Tallahassee Police Department said.

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

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The Tallahassee police say no one has been arrested in the death of Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey at an off-campus house party Friday.

Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht said, "To ensure the future of fraternity and sorority life, innovative practices will need to redefine our Greek community so that it positively contributes to the full well-being of students". "They must participate in that culture".

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family and friends", said Pi Kappa Phi CEO Mark E. Timmes. The FSU chapter of the fraternity was suspended by its national organization after the death, pending the conclusion of the investigation.

"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", said Police Chief Michael DeLeo. This suspension also extends to their web presence, as the chapter's official webpage and Facebook page have both been taken down. They will, however, be allowed to stay in their houses and have meal service.

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He also put a ban in place on alcohol at Recognized Student Organization events that will last as lon gas the fraternity and sorority suspension. "And the sooner they can come to the table and we can all talk and find those solutions, the sooner this will be lifted", he said.

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