FIU Prepares Response As Month-Long Suspension Of Greek Life Nears End

FIU President Mark Rosenberg said the university will strengthen student misconduct policies and enforcement following a one-month

FIU President Mark Rosenberg said the university will strengthen student misconduct policies and enforcement following a one-month"pause of Greek life on campus

President John Thrasher said Greek organizations will be immediately allowed to hold philanthropic events and recruit members.

The partial lifting of the suspension coincided with the university issuing policy changes regarding how the 52 fraternities and sororities would be allowed to operate.

Florida State University partially lifted its suspension on fraternities and sororities on Monday, but a ban on alcohol and social functions begun after the death of a fraternity pledge remains in place.

Andrew Coffey, a 20-year-old member of Pi Kappa Phi and a student at Florida State University, was found dead on November 3.

- Social events with alcohol (once they are allowed to resume) will be limited to four during the fall semester and six in the spring. Nine members of the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi have been charged in connection with his death. "If they prove to be responsible, it is possible they can hold social events later this semester".

Bryan Smith, Florida A&M University's special assistant to the president for anti-hazing, wants people to always remember that "hazing is a violation of university's regulation and that it is against the law".

"In order for there to be real change, students must be part of the solution", Thrasher said in announcing the move. Led by Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht, administrators met frequently with fraternity and sorority members, executive leaders, advisers and alumni, and consulted with national associations and organizations to develop the new plan that will guide Greek Life activities.

President John Thrasher and Vice President for Student Affairs Amy Hecht discuss reforms on Greek Life at a news conference January 29, 2017.

Shortening of the initiation period from eight weeks to six weeks for fraternity and sorority pledges.

- Police or other approved security will be required on chapter properties during social events with alcohol, something never previously mandated. During the past year, Penn State, Louisiana State and Ohio State also have had suspensions.

Thrasher has invited more national participation to oversee campus chapters.

"The university is willing to accept that it has to do better in terms of how we, if you will, go about protecting our students", Rosenberg said. During a state Board of Governors meeting last week, Thrasher said they're making progress on new rules.

"We are going to continue to assess and adapt", she said. These conversations can't just end this week.

There are also big changes for new members, existing members and keeping the chapters accountable with their behavior and their grades.

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