Following a late 2017 suspension of all Greek Life social activity, Florida State University has lifted the alcohol ban that was set into place back in November.
The suspension on Greek Life came following the death of Andrew Coffey. Coffey, a pledge at Pi Kappa Phi, died on Friday, November 3, after he was found unresponsive following a fraternity party. Police said alcohol may have been a factor but were awaiting an autopsy. Coffey, 20, was a junior in his first semester at Florida State.
According to reports, emails were sent to all FSU Recognized Student Organization presidents and advisers, and all leaders and advisers of Greek organizations, explaining that the alcohol ban would be lifted on Monday, March 26. However, the lift on the ban comes with certain stipulations.
The emails begin, “During the past five months, the Florida State University community has been working collaboratively to address serious issues related to safe, responsible conduct and behavior. Our work is far from complete, and the university continues to engage students and organizations to address relevant issues as we strive for a safer, healthier community.”
The email to Greek organizations reads, “Effective Monday, March 26, 2018, recognized fraternities and sororities in good standing with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (OFSL) that have completed risk management training offered by OFSL, will be permitted to host social events with alcohol.” The email then outlines expectations, including adhering to the FSU Alcohol Policy, chapters providing official notice of all events to OFSL, following the Governing Council constitutions for additional requirements related to hosting events with alcohol, and registering all events with alcohol with the university.
The email sent to RSO leaders says the organizations must also adhere to the FSU Alcohol Policy and all RSO leaders and advisers must complete the risk management training if they plan to host events with alcohol. Some of the training sessions have already been scheduled.
In response to incidents like these, fraternities such Phi Kappa Psi have made numerous changes to their code of conduct in an effort to address the issues that have arisen. In addition, schools such as Texas State have introduced new Greek Life rules to try and prevent these problems.
These reports come amidst similar allegations that have been made against fraternities nationwide, including Sigma Alpha Epsilon at East Carolina University, who were shut down for hazing and the Lamda Chi Alpha chapter at the University of Arkansas which has been accused of taking sexually explicit photographs of women without their permission.
In response to incidents like these, fraternities such Phi Kappa Psi have made numerous changes to their code of conduct in an effort to address the issues that have arisen. In addition, schools such as Texas State have introduced new Greek Life rules to try and prevent these problems