President Thrasher reacts to presentment following Grand Jury

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 19, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State University President John Thrasher has released a statement in reference to the presentment that was written following the Grand Jury held in the aftermath of Andrew Coffey's death.

President Thrasher's statement can be read in its entirety below"

"Let me make this very clear: As I’ve said before, Florida State University does not tolerate hazing. We continue to mourn Andrew’s loss, and we grieve with his family and friends. Now, our grief is compounded by frustration with the lack of information and cooperation by many of the individuals who may have been present during the final hours of Andrew’s life. Nonetheless, we commend the work of law enforcement and await the findings of the criminal investigation.

Florida State University is committed to continuing to combat unsafe and dangerous practices and behaviors on and off our campus. We appreciate the efforts of the grand jury, and we welcome, and will strongly consider, its recommendations as we seek to change the fraternity culture for the benefit, safety and well-being of all our students and the community.

Working together with our students and other stakeholders, we have made much progress toward our goals during the past six weeks. However, today’s grand jury report confirms we still have much work to do. The indefinite suspension of Greek Life activities at Florida State University remains in place until all students demonstrate a sincere understanding of the serious obligation they have to exercise responsible and safe conduct."

To view the full presentment, click here.

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