Texas State University Suspends All Greek Life Activities After Frat Pledge Dies

Matthew McKinley Ellis, a former Phi Kappa Psi pledge at Texas State University.
Courtesy Tom Amundsen

The suspected alcohol-related death of a fraternity pledge has led Texas State University to join a growing list of colleges to suspend all Greek life activities.

Officers responded to an off-campus home around 11:30 a.m. Monday and found a sophomore Phi Kappa Psi pledge, Matthew Ellis, 20, unresponsive, authorities said. He was declared dead approximately an hour later.

Ellis, of Humble, Texas, had attended a social event Sunday hosted by members of a university fraternity, according to Texas State President Denise M. Trauth.

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It’s unclear if the event was hosted by members of one fraternity or different fraternities.

An autopsy on Ellis has been ordered, but a preliminary investigation suggested alcohol was a factor in the business administration major’s death.

“As a result of this tragedy, I have suspended activities of all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at Texas State,” Trauth said in a statement. “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.”

Commander Kelly Bomersbach of the San Marcos Police Department said that it’s unclear if hazing played a role in Ellis’ death.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Kalhan Rosenblatt

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