What Thrasher's Ban on Greek Life Means for FSU Students

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The Greek Life community at Florida State University has been rocked after multiple substantial events occurred this past week in Tallahassee, FL. Last Friday, Andrew Coffey, a pledge at Florida State’s chapter of Pi Kappa Phi, was found unresponsive and later died after attending an off-campus party. On Monday, Garrett John Marcy, a brother of Florida State’s Chapter of Phi Delta Theta, was arrested on charges of drug trafficking after cocaine was found in his apartment of the fraternity house. 

After two major Greek life incidents, Florida State University President John Thrasher announced in a press conference this morning that all Greek activities were to be suspended immediately, and indefinitely.

Courtesy: Tallahassee Democrat


What this means for fraternity and sorority members

In a statement posted on the website of FSU’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, there is a list of events and activities that are officially prohibited. These include, but are not limited to:

  • No Chapter Meetings
  • No Chapter organized tailgates
  • No philanthropy/community service events
  • No intramural sports
  • No participation in Market Wednesday activities
  • No organization in homecoming

During the suspension, fraternities and sororities will be allowed to:

  • Remain as residents in their fraternity or sorority house
  • Continue their meal service if they have a meal plan
  • Attend leadership classes
  • Attend judicial and conduct hearings

A full list of the prohibited events/activities can be found here.


The future of Greek Life at FSU

In the coming weeks, the Division of Student Affairs will create and implement new measures and standards for fraternities and sororities.

“For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek life at the University,” President Thrasher said. “There must be a new culture, and our students must be full participants in creating it....They must work with us and demonstrate they fully understand the serious obligation they have to exercise responsible conduct."

A video of President Thrasher’s announcement can be found here.