- Jim Hayward Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
The president of Florida International University said in a letter to students and employees Friday that as of Jan. 1 all Greek life will be suspended for at least a month, the Miami Herald reported.
Mark Rosenberg cited "growing concerns" in the wake of deaths of fraternity pledges at campuses nationwide, including Florida State University. He praised FIU's Greek leaders, saying they "understand that the current state is not acceptable."
FIU suspended the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity in October when "leaked screenshots of a group chat connected to the Greek organization showed anti-Semitic and rape jokes," The Herald reported.
Four years ago, FIU's chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity was suspended when offensive messages turned up Facebook along with photos of topless women, messages about drug sales and hazing.
Under the new rules, the FIU organizations can still hold chapter or council meetings and workshops to talk about the future, but all other activities will be suspended.
Greek life was suspended indefinitely at FSU in November following the death of fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey at an off-campus house party. Penn State, Texas State and Louisiana State universities have followed suit after deaths of pledges in hazing and initiation rituals.