A Texas State University scholar died Monday simply hours after he attended an off-campus fraternity social occasion.
Police suspect alcohol may have been an element within the dying of 20-year-old Matthew McKinley Ellis, who was pledging Texas State’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
His dying prompted Texas State President Denise M. Trauth on Tuesday to droop all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters. The transfer follows an analogous suspension earlier this month at Florida State University, the place a fraternity pledge died Nov. three.
The San Marcos (Texas) Police Department mentioned Ellis was already lifeless when pals discovered him at an off-campus residence simply after 11 a.m Monday. The college, in a press release, mentioned Ellis, who lives on campus, had attended a social occasion Sunday evening hosted by a fraternity. The college didn’t specify which fraternity hosted the occasion.
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Police had been known as to the Millennium Apartments in San Marcos to seek out Ellis unresponsive. He was declared lifeless at 12:28 p.m.
A preliminary investigation, police mentioned, indicators alcohol may have performed a task. Autopsy and toxicology experiences are pending.
Trauth mentioned she was “deeply saddened” by Ellis’ dying, which she known as tragic. Her suspension bars sororities and fraternities from holding new-member occasions, conferences, social capabilities, and charity occasions “until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed.”
Dr. Joanne Smith, the college’s vice chairman for scholar affairs, will make suggestions as as to if Greek organizations might be reinstated. Texas State has almost 39,000 college 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 assertion mentioned.
Ellis’ dying is the most recent in a string of incidents this yr through which a fraternity pledge has died following a Greek occasion.
Like at Texas State, the deaths have introduced sweeping adjustments on the universities. At Florida State, college president John Thrasher suspended all Greek life. LSU President F. King Alexander briefly halted all Greek actions, earlier than permitting them, however with out alcohol. Penn State officers moved self-discipline and monitoring of Greek organizations to the college quite than student-run councils.
Meanwhile, final week the University of Michigan’s Interfraternity Council suspended all Greek social capabilities over allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing.
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