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Texas State Halts Greek Activities After Fraternity Pledge Dies

Texas State Halts Greek Activities After Fraternity Pledge Dies

Texas State University has suspended its Greek Life after a fraternity pledge died early Monday afternoon. There, another pledge, Andrew Coffey of Pi Kappa Phi, died after attending a house party.

President Denise Trauth emailed the entire Bobcat community to say all Greek 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".

The death of Matt Ellis, a business sophomore transfer student from Humble, Texas is under investigation.

Trauth added that she was suspending all Greek fraternity and sorority activities while the university completes a review of the Greek system. Following a call from friends, officers with the San Marcos Police Department found Matthew Ellis, a Phi Kappa Psi pledge, unresponsive on Monday morning at an apartment off campus.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire [Texas State] student body during this hard time", Guidi said. Penn State closed the fraternity following Piazza's death.

As a result of this tragedy, I have suspended activities of all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at Texas State. The police in San Marcos, Tex., where the university is, said at a news conference on Tuesday that alcohol may have been a factor, but that the cause of death would not be confirmed until toxicology results are available, which could take up to two months.

Although a Texas Department of Public Safety official said that she had not heard of an incident like Ellis' death occurring in San Marcos in the past three years, alcohol-related deaths involving fraternities are common.

"Charges could range from furnishing alcohol to a minor, on the high end of possibly manslaughter".


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