TALLAHASSEE — Pi Kappa Phi fraternity’s chapter at Florida State University has been ordered to shut down immediately in light of an investigation into the death of a fraternity pledge.
The national chapter of the fraternity issued the statement Friday afternoon, saying all chapter activities and operations have been closed. The national office has determined the fraternity violated policies on Nov. 2.
“Pi Kappa Phi’s board of directors determined closing the chapter is the only appropriate action,” CEO Mark E. Timmes said in a release.
“Pi Kappa Phi holds our chapters and individual members accountable for the choices they make through our conduct process,” he said.
The action by the national office is not yet determined to be permanent, said Todd Shelton, assistant executive director for communications of the national office. That will be evaluated later, he said.
"There is no time line for a Pi Kappa Phi return to campus," Shelton said.
Shelton said the chapter has approximately 150 members.
Pi Kappa Phi pledge Andrew Coffey was found unresponsive on the morning of Nov. 3 at a home in Tallahassee, police said. He was given medical treatment but died at the scene.
Coffey’s death led FSU President John Thrasher on Monday to suspend all Greek life activities at the university for an indefinite period until he is convinced fraternity leaders have agreed to change the culture of fraternity and sorority life at the university, especially the abuse of alcohol and illegal drug activity. A Pi Kappa Phi fraternity member was arrested on drug selling charges this week.
On Thursday, the Board of Governors endorsed Thrasher’s decision and has not ruled out the possibility of calling for a statewide suspension of Greek activity on public university campuses.
“We respect the action taken by the national headquarters of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, and we stand ready to assist the students affected by this decision,” said Amy Hecht, vice president for Student Affairs.
Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo has said alcohol is believed to be a factor in Coffey’s death. No arrests have been made in the case.
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