Suspension of Greek life at FSU continues as police investigate, administration works toward change

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By: Jake Stofan | Capitol News Service
December 4, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- It's been nearly a month since Florida State University suspended Greek life in response to the death of 20-year-old fraternity pledge, Andrew Coffey, and police have still not released an official cause of death.

Coffey died November 3 at an off-campus fraternity party. The Tallahassee Police Department says results of a toxicology report have not been released. No arrests have been made, and the department is still in the process of interviewing at least 50 people.

"That is simply what's taking the time," said TPD Public Information Officer David Northway. "We have to go through each and every person. If this was your loved one or family member, you would not want us to stop at 22, because 23 may have the most important information in the case."

The Pi Kappa Phi chapter at FSU was permanently closed following Coffey's death. The university moved to suspend all Greek life in the wake of the incident.

Some students on campus say they've noticed a change in the atmosphere over the last month, claiming the ban has made a positive impact.

"It just seems a little bit less tense," said student Ariel Baron. "It always seemed like someone was trying to hide something, I guess."

Others say they miss the charitable side of Greek life.

"I think that's more the thing than the actual drink ban," said Sam Morrison.

At least one student told us partying habits on campus remain unchanged; students have simply had to find new venues.

"Just the lack of fraternity parties," said Sonja Mihailnovic. "There's just a couple more house parties, a couple more people going out."

FSU tells us talks between the university and Greek life are on-going. They're working on programs, policies and procedures that the university can create and implement to prevent future deaths. The goal is to announce those policies sometime next semester.

We reached out to the office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at FSU for an update on the discussions between the university on Greek life following the suspension, but were denied comment.



 
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