Greek life suspended after Texas State sophomore found dead in pledging incident

Greek life suspended after Texas State sophomore found dead in pledging incident

University spokesman Matt Flores said Texas State is assisting the police department to investigate the death.

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

Trauth said that Ellis had attended an off-campus social event Sunday, hosted by members of a Texas State fraternity.

Last week, Florida State University indefinitely suspended all Greek life after a freshman pledge died.

In September, Maxwell Gruver, a freshman at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, died after a fraternity drinking game, resulting in the establishment of a specific task force to review relevant campus policies. Phi Kappa Psi did not have any registered social event the day before Ellis' death, according to an online calendar of approved social events. 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.

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San Marcos police Cmdr. Police in San Marcos, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Austin, say they suspect alcohol played a role in the death.

Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, was at an off-campus apartment complex called the Millennium, located at 1651 Post Road in San Marcos, when his friends noticed that he wasn't breathing about 11 a.m. Monday. "I think it's super risky and these things have happened before, so I think it's definitely the right and the smart move", said Texas State Senior Stephanie Cloyd.

Phi Kappa Psi's Texas State chapter switched its Twitter account to private following Ellis' death, ABC San Antonio affiliate KSAT reported.

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

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