FORT MYERS, Fla., - Florida Gulf Coast University fraternity leaders are taking action after a hazing death at another Florida university.
Florida State University officials say Andrew Coffey, a freshman, died while pledging for Pi Kappa Phi last Friday. Coffey was found unresponsive following a party. The University president called the death alcohol-related and has since suspended all fraternities and sororities on campus indefinitely.
“It’s time for their Greek student leaders to come together and create a new norm,” said Nick Vargas, president of the Interfraternity Council at FGCU.
Vargas adds the University does not tolerate hazing and tells 4 In Your Corner FGCU leaders will be meeting to discuss what fraternities can do to keep hazing incidents off campus.
“After seeing how it has impacted our community, we definitely need to take some action to prevent and to show that negative things can happen if you partake in that,” said Austin Wilson, president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Pi Kappa Phi is the fraternity Coffey was looking to join. The FGCU chapter declined to comment Thursday.