US Texas State pledge dies after fraternity event

06:50  15 november  2017
06:50  15 november  2017 Source:   USA TODAY SPORTS

Fraternity revokes Florida State charter in wake of pledge's death

  Fraternity revokes Florida State charter in wake of pledge's death FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The national fraternity where 20-year-old Florida State University student Andrew Coffey was pledging before his death has shuttered its local chapter, a spokesman said. Pi Kappa Phi revoked the charter of FSU's Beta Eta chapter on Friday - immediately forcing an end to all chapter activities and operations, said Todd Shelton, a spokesman for the national organization. Pi Kappa Phi revoked the charter of FSU's Beta Eta chapter on Friday - immediately forcing an end to all chapter activities and operations, said Todd Shelton, a spokesman for the national organization.

A Texas State University student died Monday just hours after he attended an off-campus fraternity social event . The move follows a similar suspension earlier this month at Florida State University, where a fraternity pledge died Nov.

Matthew Ellis, a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity pledge , was at an off-campus apartment Sunday night for an event hosted by members of a Texas State fraternity , according to a university press release. Ellis is the latest of several students to die after parties while pledging fraternities this year.

Police in San Marcos, Texas, are investigating the death of a Texas State University fraternity pledge. © cglade, Getty Images Police in San Marcos, Texas, are investigating the death of a Texas State University fraternity pledge.

A Texas State University student died Monday just hours after he attended an off-campus fraternity social event.

Police suspect alcohol could have been a factor in the death of 20-year-old Matthew McKinley Ellis, who was pledging Texas State's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

His death prompted Texas State President Denise M. Trauth on Tuesday to suspend all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters. The move follows a similar suspension earlier this month at Florida State University, where a fraternity pledge died Nov. 3.

Baruch College fraternity goes on trial for hazing death

  Baruch College fraternity goes on trial for hazing death <p>A national fraternity will go on trial Monday at the Monroe County, Penn. courthouse for the homicide of a pledge in a rented Coolbaugh Township home.</p>A brutal hazing ritual led to the Dec. 2013 death of Chung Michael Deng, 18, of Baruch College.

• Beta Theta Pi pledge Timothy Piazza died February 4 after a fraternity event . The parents of Timothy Piazza, the 19-year-old Penn State sophomore who died after a hazing ritual in February, described their son's final hours as torture.

A Texas State University student died Monday just hours after he attended an off-campus fraternity social event . The move follows a similar suspension earlier this month at Florida State University, where a fraternity pledge died Nov.

The San Marcos (Texas) Police Department said Ellis was already dead when friends found him at an off-campus apartment just after 11 a.m Monday. The university, in a statement, said Ellis, who lives on campus, had attended a social event Sunday night hosted by a fraternity. The university did not specify which fraternity hosted the event.

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Police were called to the Millennium Apartments in San Marcos to find Ellis unresponsive. He was declared dead at 12:28 p.m.

A preliminary investigation, police said, signals alcohol could have played a role. Autopsy and toxicology reports are pending.

Baruch College fraternity goes on trial for hazing death

  Baruch College fraternity goes on trial for hazing death <p>A national fraternity will go on trial Monday at the Monroe County, Penn. courthouse for the homicide of a pledge in a rented Coolbaugh Township home.</p>A brutal hazing ritual led to the Dec. 2013 death of Chung Michael Deng, 18, of Baruch College.

Texas State University in San Marcos has halted all fraternity and sorority activity after a 20-year-old fraternity pledge was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive at According to university officials, Ellis had attended an off-campus event hosted by members of the fraternity Sunday night.

A Texas State University student died Monday just hours after he attended an off-campus fraternity social event . The move follows a similar suspension earlier this month at Florida State University, where a fraternity pledge died Nov.

Trauth said she was "deeply saddened" by Ellis' death, which she called tragic. Her suspension bars sororities and fraternities from holding new-member events, meetings, social functions, and charity events "until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed."

Dr. Joanne Smith, the school's vice president for student affairs, will make recommendations as to whether Greek organizations will be reinstated. Texas State has nearly 39,000 students and 32 Greek organizations.

"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," Trauth's statement said.

Ellis' death is the latest in a string of incidents this year in which a fraternity pledge has died following a Greek event. 

  • Timothy Piazza, 19, died following a February party at Penn State's Beta Theta Pi house, where he was a pledge. More than a dozen Beta Theta Pi members face charges in connection with his death.
  • Louisiana State University student Maxwell Gruver, 18, died in September after being told to drink massive amounts of alcohol at a pledge event at Phi Delta Theta. Ten people associated with the fraternity were charged.
  • Andrew Coffey, 20, died Nov. 3 following an off-campus house party at Florida State University's Pi Kappa Phi. 

Like at Texas State, the deaths have brought sweeping changes at the universities. At Florida State, university president John Thrasher suspended all Greek life. LSU President F. King Alexander briefly halted all Greek activities, before allowing them, but without alcohol. Penn State officials moved discipline and monitoring of Greek organizations to the university rather than student-run councils.

Meanwhile, last week the University of Michigan's Interfraternity Council suspended all Greek social functions over allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing.

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Colleges are suspending Greek life. Don’t expect the ban to last. .
<p>This year alone, the deaths of four pledges in alcohol-related incidents and various hazing infractions have led to the closing down of some or all Greek life activities on several college campuses and the filing of criminal charges against more than two dozen students. </p>Not any more.

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