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FSU’s Pi Kappa Phi in hot water prior to pledge (“associate member”) death

Tallahassee Democrat report

The Florida State University fraternity suspended in connection with the death of one of its pledges has a history of alleged violations and disciplinary action in recent years.

After 20-year-old Andrew Coffey, a pledge of Pi Kappa Phi died following an off-campus house party Friday morning, the fraternity’s Beta Eta chapter was suspended by its national office.

The fraternity’s records indicate in the last five years FSU’s chapter has faced disciplinary action twice for hazing and once each for alcohol and violations of university policy.

After a hazing complaint in October 2012, the fraternity’s national office in Charlotte, North Carolina, sanctioned the chapter with a remedial action plan which was supported by FSU, according to fraternity documents.

In April 2013, chapter conduct summaries posted on the national office’s website show the fraternity faced university sanctions after an alleged conduct violation.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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