Tuesday, Texas State President Denise Trauth released a statement suspending all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at the university. His death may have been alcohol-related, according to police. His friends called 911 at approximately 11 a.m., the day after his fraternity's initiation ceremonies on November 12, when they realized he wasn't breathing.
Florida State University suspended its Greek life activities after Andrew Coffey, a 20-year-old Pi Kappa Phi pledge, was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead following an off-campus party hosted by the fraternity earlier this month. Investigators said Matthew Ellis later died. Police in San Marcos, Texas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Austin, say they suspect alcohol played a role in the death.
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.
Ellis, 20, was a sophomore at Texas State studying business administration. "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. 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.
Ellis is the second Texas State student to die since the winter of 2016 after attending an off-campus Greek event.
Texas state isn't the only school cracking down on fraternities and sororities. In her email, Trauth stated she has suspend all activities of fraternities and sororities until a review has been completed.
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.