Texas State Suspends Fraternities, Sororities After Pledge Dies


San Marcos police are investigating after Matthew Ellis, 20, was found dead at an apartment building off campus.

Phi Kappa Psi members did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent through the fraternity's Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon.

The death of Matt Ellis, a business sophomore transfer student from Humble, Texas is under investigation. Police say the initial investigation indicates alcohol may have been a factor in his death. It is not clear if they are members of the fraternity where Ellis was pledging.

Texas State's Greek organizations must register all social events through the Greek Affairs Office.

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The Travis County medical examiner will determine Ellis' cause and manner of death.

Texas State University President Denise Trauth confirmed that a Phi Kappa Psi pledge died Monday after attending an off-campus fraternity event, and she announced an immediate suspension of all activities organized by fraternity and sorority chapters at the university while officials complete a review. He was pronounced dead shortly after emergency crews arrived at the Millennium Apartments complex off-campus and found him unresponsive.

According to The University Star, the college's student newspaper, Ellis had been initiated into the campus chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity the previous night. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community. Trauth said the chapters aren't allowed to hold new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions and philanthropic activities.

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. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire TSU student body during this hard time".