Texas State University has suspended all Greek actions following the demise of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge.
Matthew Ellis, a pledge for the college’s Phi Kappa Psi chapter, was discovered unresponsive Monday by officers with the San Marcos Police Department after attending an “off-campus social event” the evening earlier than, Texas State University President Denise Trauth mentioned in a press release immediately. Friends of Ellis referred to as 911, and Ellis was pronounced lifeless after first responders have been unable to revive him, Trauth mentioned.
Police mentioned they obtained a name round 11:35 a.m. Monday describing an individual who was not respiration on the Millennium Apartments, an off-campus residential advanced for college kids. Ellis was declared lifeless lower than an hour later, police mentioned in a press release.
A preliminary investigation signifies that alcohol could have been a consider Ellis’ demise, police mentioned. Authorities are awaiting the outcomes from a toxicology report from an post-mortem on Ellis’ physique.
Ellis lived on campus, police mentioned. It is just too early to inform if Ellis died on account of hazing, and it seems that the consuming was performed at a personal fraternity occasion, not in public, Kristy Stark, interim director of communications for the City of San Marcos, confirmed to ABC News.
Trauth mentioned she suspended all actions for Greek fraternity and sorority chapters on the college, which at the moment are prohibited from holding occasions, chapter conferences, social capabilities and philanthropic actions “until a thorough review of the Greek Affairs system is completed.”
“As president of Texas State University, I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our students,” she mentioned.
Trauth has requested Texas State Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Joanne Smith to “immediately” provoke a evaluate of the Greek system and to suggest suggestions for reinstating the fraternity and sorority chapters that “demonstrate a commitment to the core values of Texas State and the ideals established by their respective national organizations,” she mentioned.
The college is investigating whether or not Phi Kappa Psi held any social occasions the evening earlier than Ellis was found lifeless, Matt Flores, assistant vice chairman for Texas State University Advancement-Communication, advised ABC News. The college’s Greek organizations are required to register all social occasions by the Greek Affairs workplace, Flores mentioned, however Phi Kappa Psi didn’t have any registered on that day, based on an internet calendar of accredited social occasions.
Phi Kappa Psi Executive Director Mark Guidi mentioned the group is “heartbroken” by the demise of Ellis, who he described as a brand new member of the fraternity.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire [Texas State] student body during this difficult time,” Guidi mentioned.
The Texas State chapter of Phi Kappa Psi had been suspended by the nationwide group final week for “unrelated matters” and can stay suspended whereas the investigation into Ellis’ demise continues, the fraternity mentioned in a press release. All members have been instructed to “cooperate fully” with the investigation.
On Oct. four, the college launched a proper evaluate of Phi Kappa Psi’s actions following a Sept. 21 grievance that alleged misbehavior inside the fraternity, Flores mentioned. That investigation is ongoing.
Phi Kappa Psi’s Texas State chapter switched its Twitter account to non-public following Ellis’ demise, ABC San Antonio affiliate KSAT reported.
Texas State is the second main college in lower than 10 days to droop all Greek actions on campus.
On Nov. 6, Florida State University introduced the suspension of all Greek life exercise following the demise of a 20-year-old Pi Kappa Phi pledge in an off-campus social gathering and prices that have been filed towards a member of Phi Delta Theta for the sale and trafficking of cocaine, based on the college’s web site.
The Texas State Police Department has provided to help the San Marcos Police Department within the investigation into the occasions resulting in Ellis’ demise. No arrests have been made presently.
If it’s decided that hazing performed a task in Ellis’ demise, prices may vary from offering alcohol to a minor to manslaughter, KSAT reported.
ABC News’ Jennifer Harrison contributed to this report.