By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 10, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity has announced plans to revoke the charter for its chapter at Florida State University following the death of a fraternity pledge.
Pi Kappa Phi released the following statement on Friday:
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity announced its decision to revoke the charter of its Beta Eta Chapter at Florida State University on Friday after determining the chapter violated the fraternity’s social event management policies at an event on November 2, the day before Andrew Coffey was found dead. All chapter activities and operations will cease, effective immediately, as part of the decision.
The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding the off-campus event and the tragic death of Andrew Coffey. Pi Kappa Phi continues to direct the members of the chapter to cooperate with all investigative efforts.
“Pi Kappa Phi’s board of directors determined closing the chapter is the only appropriate action,” said Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Timmes. “The fraternity provides our students with the education, training, and mature adult guidance to make good choices and to understand the consequences of their decisions. Pi Kappa Phi holds our chapters and individual members accountable for the choices they make through our conduct process.”
“Our prayers remain with Andrew’s family and friends,” added Timmes. “We are thankful for the university’s ongoing support of the students impacted by this tragedy.”
The death of 20-year-old fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey last Friday prompted FSU President John Thrasher to indefinitely suspend all fraternities and sororities at the university. The suspension remains in effect.
The fraternity house is owned by Beta Eta Housing Corporation. At this time, it is undetermined if the members living in the house will be allowed to stay for the remainder of the semester.
This is a developing story. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.