Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Texas State University Halts Greek Life After Fraternity Pledge Dies

Texas State University Halts Greek Life After Fraternity Pledge Dies

I support Florida State University President John Thrasher's suspension of fraternity activities due to the recent death of a fraternity pledge.

"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.

San Marcos police are investigating after Matthew Ellis, 20, was found dead at an apartment building off campus. He was found dead by friends after 11 a.m. on Monday.

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

The decision comes after the death of Andrew Coffey, a Pi Kappa Phi pledge who was found unresponsive after a party. It is too early to tell if Ellis died as a result of hazing, and it appears that the drinking was done at a private fraternity event, not in public, Kristy Stark, interim director of communications for the City of San Marcos, confirmed to ABC News. "I think it's super risky and these things have happened before, so I think it's definitely the right and the smart move", said Texas State Senior Stephanie Cloyd.

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The Texas State Fraternity switched its Twitter account to private after Ellis' death.

Trauth released a statement Tuesday afternoon suspending all fraternity and sorority activities on campus.

The school's vice president for student affairs, Joanne Smith, has been tasked with coming up with recommendations for reinstating the fraternities and sororities "that demonstrate a commitment to the core values of Texas State", Trauth said.

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.

Texas State is the second major university in less than 10 days to suspend all Greek activities on campus.


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