Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Texas State suspends all fraternity, sorority activities following pledge's death

Texas State suspends all fraternity, sorority activities following pledge's death

A sophomore fraternity pledge at Texas State University died on Monday, shortly after his friends found him unresponsive in an apartment. Ellis was a new member of Phi Kappa Psi.

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".

The news comes at the end of a year that has seen two high-profile deaths of students at fraternities, raising doubts among students and educators about the value of Greek life on campus.

Ellis is the second Texas State student to die since the winter of 2016 after attending an off-campus Greek event.

Texas State has suspended fraternity and sorority chapters following his death. Pi Kappa Phi ousted its Florida State chapter following the incident.

The cause of Coffey's death is still undetermined, pending the autopsy, but police believe alcohol may have played a role in his death.

Matthew Ellis, a pledge with fraternity Phi Kappa Psi, was found unresponsive around 11:30 an off-campus apartment, according to KPRC. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community.

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.

"Allegations of violation of the alcohol policy by the fraternity were reported in September, which necessitated the further action", SDSU media relations officer Cory Marshall said.

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

Texas state isn't the only school cracking down on fraternities and sororities.

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