The release notes that the decision came just days the death of Andrew Coffey, a Pi Kappa Phi pledge. The Tallahassee Democrat has reported that Coffey died Friday after an off-campus party.
The news release from the school in Tallahassee also cited the arrest of Garrett John Marcy, a 20-year-old member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Marcy has been charged with the sale and trafficking of cocaine, according to the release. He was arrested Monday, and his case is unrelated to Coffey’s death.
It is unclear how long the suspension of Greek life will last. The release notes:
The timetable for lifting the suspension is up to the student community, Thrasher said.“They must work with us and demonstrate they fully understand the serious obligation they have to exercise responsible conduct,” he said.
In a video statement posted to Facebook, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said investigators had interviewed several people following Coffey’s death, and additional interviews were planned.
“Although there are indicators that alcohol may have been a factor in this case, we are waiting for the results of an autopsy, so no cause of death has been determined,” the chief said. The police “will continue to work with the state attorney’s office as new information becomes available to determine what charges, if any, are appropriate.”
An update from Chief Michael J. DeLeo regarding the below case: Update: November 3, 2017 10:00 p.m. For Immediate Release Tallahassee Police Department Office of Police Chief Michael J. DeLeo Contact: Officer Dave Northway (850) 556-1726 As the Tallahassee Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit continues to investigate this case, they are releasing the name of the victim. The victim has been identified as Andrew Coffey. Tallahassee Police Chief Michael J. DeLeo offers his condolences to the family of Mr. Coffey and has them in his thoughts and prayers. The case has been assigned to investigators with TPD's Violent Crimes Unit. At this time they are interviewing all known witnesses and processing the evidence collected from the scene. Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to please call them at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS. Deceased: Andrew Coffey White Male DOB: 07/29/97 Original Release For Immediate Release Tallahassee Police Department Office of Police Chief Michael J. DeLeo Contact: Officer Dave Northway (850) 556-1726 The Tallahassee Police Department responded to a call of an unresponsive person at 1012 Buena Vista Drive at 10:23 a.m. Arriving officers, with the assistance of Emergency Medical Personnel, determined the person to be deceased. TPD’s Violent Crimes Unit and Forensics’ Units are on scene conducting a death investigation. At this time they are interviewing all known witnesses and processing the scene. Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to please call them at (850) 891-4200 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS.Posted by City of Tallahassee Police Department on Monday, November 6, 2017
Coffey’s death comes not long after the death of Maxwell Gruver, a Louisiana State University freshman. The 18-year-old died in September after a gathering at a school fraternity. In February, a Pennsylvania State University fraternity pledge, Timothy Piazza, died after a party for students who had accepted bids to join the chapter.
According to Florida State’s release, fraternity and sorority chapters won’t be allowed to hold events for new members during the suspension. Activities such as socials, philanthropy events and intramural sports also are prohibited.
Thrasher has also banned alcohol at all recognized student organization events while the suspension is in place.
Students who live in fraternity or sorority houses will be allowed to stay there as residents, according to the release, which notes: “Failure to comply with the terms of the interim suspension could result in immediate disciplinary action.”
“Like most universities, we worry about alcohol and drug abuse and other dangerous behaviors, and we are doing all we can to educate our students,” Thrasher said in the release. “But all of our student organizations — Greek organizations and the other recognized student organizations on campus — must step up. They will have to participate in the solution.”