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Texas State Halts Greek Activities After Fraternity Pledge Dies

15 November 2017, 08:12 | Erica Roy

Texas State student confirmed dead University suspends Greek organizations

Texas State student confirmed dead University suspends Greek organizations

Texas State's student newspaper, The University Star, reports that the fraternity event was an initiation for new pledges.

Update: Nov. 14. 2:27 p.m.

An autopsy has been ordered.

According to a preliminary investigation, alcohol might have been a factor in Ellis's death, but toxicology results from his autopsy are still pending, police said.

Texas State is the second major university in less than 10 days to suspend all Greek activities on campus. He was staying at the off-campus apartment complex with four other fraternity members.


Some students said tighter rules regarding fraternities and sororities are long overdue as they have gone largely unregulated in the past.

Denise M. Trauth, the university's president, said in a statement that Greek organizations would be "prohibited from holding new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions and philanthropic activities until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed".

Texas State's Greek organizations must register all social events through the Greek Affairs Office. Penn State closed the fraternity following Piazza's death.

The San Marcos Police Department said Tuesday in a press conference that it's too early to determine if Ellis's death was from hazing. No arrests have been made at this time. According to the University, EMS was called Monday to an off campus apartment where Phi Kappa Psi pledge Matthew Ellis, 20, was found unresponsive. He was pronounced dead about an hour later. "I think it's super unsafe and these things have happened before, so I think it's definitely the right and the smart move", said Texas State Senior Stephanie Cloyd.

As a result of this tragedy, I have suspended activities of all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at Texas State.



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