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Florida State University suspends Greek life after the death of a student

Florida State University has ordered the indefinite suspension of fraternities and sororities after the death of a student of 20 years the week Last, at least the third university this year to temporarily ban the activities of Greek life groups after alcoholism. related student deaths.

Andrew Coffey of Pompano Beach engaged with the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity of FSU in Tallahassee when it was discovered that he did not respond on Friday morning after a party off campus, the university said.

The president of the university, John Thrasher, announced the suspension on Monday. On the same day, a 20-year-old student who was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity of FSU was accused of selling cocaine, the school said.

"For this suspension to end, there will have to be a new standard for Greek Life at the university," Thrasher said in a statement on the school's website. "There must be a new culture, and our students must be full participants in its creation."

Although the cause of Coffey's death has not been determined, Tallahassee police said alcohol could have been a factor, The Associated Press reported.

In addition to the suspension of Greek life, Thrasher ordered the prohibition of alcohol at all events sponsored by recognized student organizations. FSU said it has more than 700 organizations outside of the Greek groups.

The suspension follows a similar action at Pennsylvania State University and Louisiana State University after alcohol-related deaths of students this year.

In February, 19-year-old Timothy Piazza died while committing to a fraternity at Penn State. The freshman was playing a drinking game when he suffered fatal injuries. The university suspended all social functions during the spring semester after the death of Piazza.

In September, Maxwell Gruver, 18, died while engaged in a fraternity in the state of Louisiana. Ten people were arrested on charges of misdemeanors accusing them of forcing Gruver to drink alcohol.

LSU suspended all Greek activities for a month after Gruver's death. At the end of October, the school announced that it would continue to ban alcohol in all Greek activities at least until January.

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