US Texas State pledge dies after fraternity event

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

Alcohol regulators investigating Texas State pledge death

  Alcohol regulators investigating Texas State pledge death State alcohol regulators have opened an investigation into the death of a Texas State University fraternity pledge after an initiation ritual. The university about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Austin, Texas, suspended all fraternity and sorority chapters after Matt Ellis was found unresponsive Monday at an off-campus apartment. The 20-year-old sophomore attended a party with Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members Sunday night at the apartment.Police suspect alcohol played a role in Ellis' death.

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.

University suspends Greek activities after student dies after frat event

  University suspends Greek activities after student dies after frat event Matthew Ellis, 20, attended a Phi Kappa Psi event the day before he was found dead, the university saidDenise M. Trauth, the university's president, said in a statement Tuesday that all Greek fraternity and sorority activities would be suspended during the investigation of the student's death.

• 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.

Ohio State University suspends fraternity activities

  Ohio State University suspends fraternity activities Ohio State University cited a large number of ongoing investigations into hazing and alcohol as the reason for the decision and is the latest US school to take action against Greek student organizations.Of the 37 fraternities that are part of the Interfraternity Council, 11 have been under investigation since the start of the school year for possible violations of the student code of conduct, Ohio State said. The majority of the cases involve "hazing and/or alcohol," a statement said.

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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