Florida State University President John Thrasher and Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht discuss the partial lifting of the fraternity and sorority suspension on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. Thrasher said on Monday that organizations are immediately allowed to hold philanthropy events and recruit members. (AP Photo/Joe Reedy)

FSU Partially Lifts Greek Life Suspension


Florida State University has partially lifted its suspension on fraternities and sororities, but a ban on alcohol and social functions remains in place.

President John Thrasher said Monday that organizations are immediately allowed to hold philanthropic events and recruit members. The partial lifting was announced after the university released new policies on Greek Life on campus that includes a minimum chapter grade point average of 2.5, shortening new member initiation periods from eight weeks to six and limiting socials with alcohol.

Thrasher said lifting other parts of the suspension could occur later this semester depending how much progress is made on implementing the new rules.

President John Thrasher suspended all fraternities and sororities Nov. 6, three days after the death of 20-year old fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey.

Thrasher says he wants to create “a new normal” for campus organizations. During a state Board of Governors meeting last week, Thrasher said they’re making progress on new rules.

Florida State, Penn State, Louisiana State and Ohio State have suspended Greek life over the past year.

A Florida medical examiner ruled that Coffey died from alcohol poisoning. Nine members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity have been charged with felony hazing.

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