FSU's president speaks on arrests in death of student

By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 18, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State University President John Thrasher addressed the school's trustees Thursday, one day after nine Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members turned themselves in to face hazing charges in the death of pledge Andrew Coffey.

President Thrasher's voice cracked while discussing the tragedy and the charges, addressing them briefly as the meeting began.

Thrasher mentioned the arrests and stressed FSU's efforts to create a "cultural shift" in Greek life, saying Coffey's death continues to have ripple effects on campus.

"We continue to mourn the death of 20-year-old Andrew Coffey and we appreciate the State Attorney seeking justice for Andrew and his family," Thrasher said. "I pray that his parents can find a small comfort in knowing his death served as a catalyst for what I think will be some significant changes on our campus."

Vice President Amy Hecht says conversations with Greek organizations and other student groups continue in the wake of Coffey's death and the Greek and alcohol ban that followed. Dr. Hecht also said that the school and organizations "almost agree on a path forward."

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