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Texas State University suspends Greek activities after pledge's death

15 November 2017, 08:11 | Devin Moran

Texas State Greek life suspended after fraternity pledge dies

Alcohol may have played role in death of Texas State student from Humble

All Greek chapters on Texas State University's campus have been suspended in the wake of a death that happened Sunday. His death may have been alcohol-related, according to police.

Phi Kappa Psi pledge Matthew Ellis died Monday after the fraternity's initiation rituals, with alcohol considered a potential factor, according to The University Star. His friends called 911 at approximately 11 a.m., the day after his fraternity's initiation ceremonies on November 12, when they realized he wasn't breathing.

Emergency responders pronounced Ellis dead at 12:28 p.m.

San Marcos police said they expect toxicology results to confirm Ellis' cause of death in six to eight weeks.

In a statement Tuesday, university officials say Matt Ellis was found unresponsive Monday morning at an off-campus apartment.

Ellis, 20, was a sophomore at Texas State studying business administration.




"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire [Texas State] student body during this hard time", Guidi said.

The Texas State chapter of Phi Kappa Psi had been suspended by the national organization last week for "unrelated matters" and will remain suspended while the investigation into Ellis' death continues, the fraternity said in a statement.

Phi Kappa Psi's Texas State chapter switched its Twitter account to private following Ellis' death, ABC San Antonio affiliate KSAT reported.

Trauth added that she was suspending all Greek fraternity and sorority activities while the university completes a review of the Greek system.

It is imperative that our entire university community develop a culture that places the highest priority on the safety of its students, faculty, and staff.

Tim Piazza, 19, died in February after reportedly drinking at least 18 drinks within 90 minutes and falling down stairs during a pledge event for Penn State University's Beta Theta Pi chapter.



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