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FSU President John Thrasher proclaims a suspension of all Greek life actions on the college following the loss of life of a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity member Andrew Coffey at an off-campus occasion Friday. (Photo: Joe Rondone/Democrat)Buy Photo
Saying Florida State University has a “significant issue” inside its Greek life system, President John Thrasher Monday introduced a right away interim suspension on all fraternities and sororities on campus.
He additionally introduced the unrelated arrest earlier Monday of Garrett John Marcy, 20, who was charged with the sale and trafficking of cocaine. Marcy is a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
“I need to ship a robust message that now we have a significant issue and now we have to cope with it,” Thrasher stated throughout a day information convention on the Westcott Building.
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“The message is not getting through,” he stated of alcohol abuse and different infractions. “We have a great university, but this can hold us back.”
Thrasher additionally imposed a ban on alcohol in any respect registered scholar group occasions throughout this interim interval. FSU has greater than 700 scholar organizations exterior of the Greek system, he stated.
The Pi Kappa Phi nationwide group had already suspended all operations of FSU’s Beta Eta chapter.
Thrasher’s crackdown comes per week earlier than homecoming actions, an annual celebration that pulls 1000’s of alumni from throughout the nation. With their quite a few floats, fraternities and sororities often play a excessive profile function through the annual homecoming parade, along with actions held on Jefferson Street, College Avenue and in Heritage Grove.
For the 2017/2018 college 12 months, 22 p.c or 7,588 of FSU undergrads belong to a Greek group.
During the interim suspension, fraternity and sorority chapters shall be prohibited from holding new member occasions, council or chapter conferences, chapter organized tailgates, chapter occasions akin to socials, philanthropy, retreats, intramurals, organized participation in Market Wednesday and arranged participation in Homecoming.
They shall be allowed to stay as residents of their fraternity or sorority homes and can have meal service. They can attend management courses, judicial and conduct hearings, and threat administration training workshops provided by the college.
“The saddest and most difficult days of my presidency have been when one of our students dies,” Thrasher stated, “Losing a member of the Florida State University household is at all times arduous, however to see a teen’s life minimize brief is very heartbreaking.
“It is my biggest hope that no different household should endure such a tragedy,” Thrasher stated. “The safety and well-being of our students will always be my No. 1 priority, and that’s why I am enacting several changes immediately.”
In the approaching weeks, the Division of Student Affairs will create and implement new measures in collaboration with college students and different stakeholder teams, stated Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht.
“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,” she stated.
Thrasher stated he didn’t know the way lengthy the suspension would final, however his stern supply made it clear that it’s a concern at Florida State.
“This pause is needed to review and reflect on the loss of a young life, and to implement changes,” he stated. “For this suspension to end, there will be a new normal for Greek Life at the university. There must be a new culture, and our students must be full participants in creating it.”
Thrasher stated he spoke to Coffey’s mom on Friday.
“We had an understandably serious and private conversation,” Thrasher stated, including the college will do all it might to badist the household.
J. Murray Gibson, dean of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, stated Coffey, a 2015 graduate of Pompano Beach High School, was to start his coursework in civil engineering subsequent semester.
“It’s a tragic loss,” he stated. “We were very sad to hear about it.”
Thrasher stated FSU does as a lot as it might in addressing alcohol, drug abuse and different deterrents to scholar life and security.
Clearly, it hasn’t been sufficient.
“There was no indication we would have a death,” he stated. “We have got to take steps in a serious manner that it doesn’t happen again.”
Thus far there have been no arrest in reference to Coffey’s loss of life. In a Facebook video badertion Monday, Tallahbadee Police Department Chief Michael DeLeo stated his company is working carefully with FSU to badyze the case and to make sure disaster counseling is out there for college kids.
DeLeo stated investigators have interviewed greater than 50 individuals to date and count on to interview extra.
“Although there are indicators alcohol may have been a factor in this case, we are waiting for the results of the autopsy so no cause of death been determined,” DeLeo stated. “TPD will proceed to work with the state lawyer workplace in order new info turns into obtainable to find out what costs, if any, are acceptable.
“It is essential that now we have all the data obtainable to seek out solutions for Andrew’s household, mates and our neighborhood.”
Contact senior author Byron Dobson @[email protected] or on Twitter @byrondobson.
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