Texas State president suspends Greek activities after student death

Texas State Sophomore Dies After Fraternity Initiation Ceremony

Texas State University is investigating the death of a fraternity pledge.

The death of a Texas State University sophomore may have been alcohol-related, police say.

EMS and officers arrived and found Matthew McKinley Ellis (DOB 08/31/1997) unresponsive, and he was declared deceased at 12:28 p.m.by Judge Maggie H. Moreno.

According to the The University Star, the university's student paper, Ellis died in his sleep November 12 following his fraternity's initiation.

Joanne Smith, vice president for student affairs, is in charge of conducting the review and proposing recommendations for reinstating fraternity and sorority chapters "that demonstrate a commitment to the core values of Texas State and the ideals established by their respective national organizations", Trauth said.

In her email, Trauth stated she has suspend all activities of fraternities and sororities until a review has been completed.

Authorities investigating Ellis's death reportedly believe alcohol may have played a role.

According to The University Star, the college's student newspaper, Ellis had been initiated into the campus chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity the previous night.

Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in San Marcos.

The San Marcos Police Department said Tuesday in a press conference that it's too early to determine if Ellis's death was from hazing. Medics responding to a 911 call pronounced him dead about an hour and a half later, San Marcos police said. Trauth said the chapters aren't allowed to hold new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions and philanthropic activities.

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