Texas State suspends Greek Life after fraternity pledge dies

Texas State suspends Greek Life after fraternity pledge dies

Texas State suspends Greek Life after fraternity pledge dies

Police are investigating the case of a Texas State University student who was found dead on Monday morning after attending a fraternity event - an incident that has prompted the university to suspend all Greek life on campus.

The Travis County medical examiner will determine Ellis' cause and manner of death.

Police say it appears Ellis' friends took him back to their place to spend the night but authorities won't confirm there was a fraternity event the night before. Four Texas state fraternities were handed suspensions in January, ranging from two to five years, for alcohol violations stemming from a party last year in which 20-year-old Jordin Taylor, who belonged to the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, was fatally struck and dragged by a bus near Martindale.

Preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol may have been a factor in this death but investigators are awaiting toxicology results from the autopsy. According to the University, EMS was called Monday to an off campus apartment where Phi Kappa Psi pledge Matthew Ellis, 20, was found unresponsive. Members of Phi Kappa Psi declined a request to comment. So far, no arrests have been made.

University spokesman Matt Flores said Texas State is assisting the police department to investigate the death. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community.

Joanne Smith, the vice president for student affairs, will oversee the review and ultimately "propose recommendations for reinstating fraternity and sorority chapters that demonstrate a commitment to the core values of Texas State and the ideals established by their respective national organizations", Dr. Trauth said. Trauth said the chapters aren't allowed to hold new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions and philanthropic activities.