Texas St. sus­pends Greek ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter stu­dent dies

Houston Chronicle - - CITY | STATE -

Fra­ter­nity and soror­ity ac­tiv­i­ties at Texas State Univer­sity were sus­pended in­def­i­nitely Tues­day, one day af­ter a 20-year-old stu­dent died fol­low­ing a fra­ter­nity event.

Matthew Ellis, a busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion sopho­more, was pro­nounced dead Mon­day af­ter­noon at an off-cam­pus apart­ment com­plex.

Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Denise Trauth said Ellis, a Phi Kappa Psi pledge, at­tended an off-cam­pus fra­ter­nity party Sun­day night. The Univer­sity Star, Texas State’s stu­dent news­pa­per, re­ported the fra­ter­nity event was an ini­ti­a­tion.

San Mar­cos po­lice of­fi­cials said al­co­hol could have been a fac­tor in his death.

Greek Af­fairs at Texas State and the na­tional Phi Kappa Psi or­ga­ni­za­tion could not be reached for com­ment.

“These chap­ters are pro­hib­ited from hold­ing new-mem­ber events, chap­ter meet­ings, so­cial func­tions and phil­an­thropic ac­tiv­i­ties un­til a thor­ough re­view of the Greek Af­fairs sys­tem is com­pleted,” Trauth said.

The San Mar­cos Po­lice Depart­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing Ellis’ death.

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