FSU: Still no timeline to lift Greek ban

By: Julie Montanaro
December 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- FSU administrators say the university's ban on Greek life will continue indefinitely in the wake of Tuesday's grand jury presentment.

That presentment not only provided painful details in the death of Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey, it also made recommendations to Florida State University to try to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Among the grand jury's suggestions : provide refresher training for fraternities and sororities on hazing and binge drinking before Greek life resumes, give campus police access to homes used by Greek organizations even if they're privately owned, and post community scorecards for fraternities and sororities on line each semester detailing GPA's, service hours as well as any incidents or sanctions.

"We're going to be studying those recommendations very closely," FSU Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht said. "It does highlight the challenges we're going to have in moving forward and really addressing culture."

Dr. Hecht says she and other administrators were not aware of specific details of Coffey's death until reading them in the presentment Tuesday night.

"That's really disappointing and shocking," Hecht said of the deadly blood alcohol levels in Coffey's system, "and I feel so sorry for Andrew Coffey's family. My heart goes out to them, and for Florida State to move forward we need to do Andrew's memory justice in what we're going to create in our new normal."

Hecht was especially critical of grand jury notes indicating fewer than half of the brothers and pledges agreed to be interviewed by police about what happened that night.

"Its particularly disappointing for an organization to ... espouse values about brotherhood and sisterhood and being there for each other and that seems to have fallen apart in this situation," Hecht said.

Hecht said there is still no timeline for resuming Greek life at FSU. She is not sure if the presentment will change the timeline, but says it certainly gives the university more to discuss with students when they return to school in January.

"We'll continue those discussions and when we feel that we are starting to turn the corner and that we have a healthier and safer fraternity and sorority community, we'll begin to peel back those layers of suspension," Hecht said.


By: Associated Press
December 20, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State University officials say they will incorporate some of the grand jury's suggestions into reforming Greek life following the death of a fraternity pledge.

Vice President of Student Affairs Amy Hecht says they will look at possibly penalizing students who do not cooperate in investigations. The grand jury said in its report that it was troubled by the conspiracy and obstructionism surrounding the case.

The Leon County grand jury said in its report Tuesday that it saw enough evidence for criminal charges in the death of 20-year old Andre Coffey last month but that the investigation is incomplete.

Coffey died Nov. 3 of alcohol poisoning after he was found unresponsive after a party the night before.

Three days after Coffey's death, Florida State suspended its fraternities and sororities.



 
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