Pi Kappa Phi closes chapter at Florida State University

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Nov 10, 2017
and last updated 2018-09-12 12:03:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity announced its decision to close the charter of its Beta Eta Chapter at Florida State University.

The decision came after determining the chapter violated the fraternity’s social event management policies at an event on Nov. 2.

All chapter activities and operations will cease, effective immediately, as part of the decision.

The Tallahassee Police Department is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the off-campus event and the tragic death of 20-year-old Andrew Coffey.

The fraternity says it is continuing to direct the members of the chapter to cooperate with all investigative efforts.

“Pi Kappa Phi’s board of directors determined closing the chapter is the only appropriate action,” said Chief Executive Officer Mark E. Timmes. “The fraternity provides our students with the education, training, and mature adult guidance to make good choices and to understand the consequences of their decisions. Pi Kappa Phi holds our chapters and individual members accountable for the choices they make through our conduct process.”

“Our prayers remain with Andrew’s family and friends,” added Timmes. “We are thankful for the university’s ongoing support of the students impacted by this tragedy.”

WTXL reached out to the assistant executive director of communication for the fraternity who said they didn't have any specific information about the event where Coffey was found unresponsive.

He said the students will be allowed to finish the semester in the facility before having to find alternative housing.

The news comes after the suspension of Greek Life on FSU's campus by university president John Thrasher on Monday.

The president saying they will not lift the suspension until they have decided specifically how they want to promote a better culture on campus.

This also follows the arrest earlier this week of frat member, Daniel Martin.

He was taken into custody for selling cocaine on FSU's campus. Martin has since bonded out of the Leon County Jail.

University officials are currently meeting with students, parents, and national Greek Life officials to find a solution. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday.