FSU suspends all fraternities and sororities after pledge's death

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house

Following the recent death of a fraternity pledge, Florida State University has banned all fraternities and sororities. John Armstrong, who served as president of Florida State's Beta Theta Pi chapter in 1998, said he had mixed feelings about Monday's announcement.

"I want to send a serious message, I really do", Thrasher said, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

During Florida State's suspension of fraternities and sororities, chapters will not be allowed to hold organized events, aside from meetings with the university or their national chapter.

Thrasher has also banned alcohol at all registered student organization events during the indefinite suspension. "But all of our student organizations - Greek organizations and the other recognized student organizations on campus - must step up". Thrasher stresses that this pause is necessary to review and reflect on the loss of a young life.

The university has more than 700 organizations outside the campus' Greek life. According to Thrasher, he and the administration feel they need to implement changes to fraternity and sorority life to benefit the safety and well-being of students.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with the student's family and friends", Pi Kappa Phi CEO Mark E. Timmes said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

Andrew Coffey was found dead Friday morning after an off-campus fraternity party Thursday night in Tallahassee. "They will have to participate in the solution". He was from Pompano Beach.

He was given medical treatment at the scene, but died.

Investigators said no one has been arrested in connection to Coffey's death.

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