Texas State University suspends Greek activities after student dies after frat event

Texas State University suspends Greek activities after student dies after frat event

Texas State University has suspended all fraternity and sorority chapter activities following the death of a fraternity pledge after an initiation ritual.

Phi Kappa Psi Executive Director Mark Guidi said the organization is "heartbroken" by the death of Ellis, who he described as a new member of the fraternity.

Matt Ellis is pictured on the Texas State University campus.

In September, Maxwell Gruver, a freshman at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, died after a fraternity drinking game, resulting in the establishment of a specific task force to review relevant campus policies.


Trauth has asked Joanne Smith, vice president of Greek Affairs to immediately "review and 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". Phi Kappa Psi did not have any registered social event the day before Ellis' death, according to an online calendar of approved social events. The police in San Marcos, Tex., where the university is, said at a news conference on Tuesday that alcohol may have been a factor, but that the cause of death would not be confirmed until toxicology results are available, which could take up to two months.

Texas state isn't the only school cracking down on fraternities and sororities. The 20-year-old sophomore from Humble (UHM'-buhl), Texas, had attended a party that Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members hosted Sunday night at the apartment. "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. New member events, social functions and chapter meetings will not be allowed until student affairs completes a review of Greek life at the university.

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.

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