Texas State University suspends Greek life following fraternity pledge's death

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis

Texas State University has suspended all fraternity and sorority chapter activities following the death of a fraternity pledge after an initiation ritual.

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

The news comes at the end of a year that has seen two high-profile deaths of students at fraternities, raising doubts among students and educators about the value of Greek life on campus.

Tim Piazza, 19, died in February after reportedly drinking at least 18 drinks within 90 minutes and falling down stairs during a pledge event for Penn State University's Beta Theta Pi chapter.

A Texas State sophomore and Phi Psi brother was found dead after a pledging incident. "And those are the charges we have to work with at this point, but it's really early in the investigation for us to make those kind of determinations", Bomers Bach said.

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"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", she said. "Alcohol plays a role in college life and I would just ask for moderation in that respect", said Commander Kelly Bomers Bach with the San Marcos Police Department. According to the University, EMS was called Monday to an off campus apartment where Phi Kappa Psi pledge Matthew Ellis, 20, was found unresponsive.

"My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community", she said. In her email, Trauth stated she has suspend all activities of fraternities and sororities until a review has been completed.

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

Texas state isn't the only school cracking down on fraternities and sororities. Investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor in his death, but are awaiting toxicology results from the autopsy, which is expected to take 6-8 weeks.

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