Texas State University Suspends All Greek Life Activities After Frat Pledge Dies

Matthew McKinley Ellis, a former Phi Kappa Psi pledge at Texas State University.
Courtesy Tom Amundsen

The suspected alcohol-related death of a fraternity pledge has led Texas State University to join a growing list of colleges to suspend all Greek life activities.

Officers responded to an off-campus home around 11:30 a.m. Monday and found a sophomore Phi Kappa Psi pledge, Matthew Ellis, 20, unresponsive, authorities said. He was declared dead approximately an hour later.

Ellis, of Humble, Texas, had attended a social event Sunday hosted by members of a university fraternity, according to Texas State President Denise M. Trauth.

It’s unclear if the event was hosted by members of one fraternity or different fraternities.

An autopsy on Ellis has been ordered, but a preliminary investigation suggested alcohol was a factor in the business administration major’s death.

“As a result of this tragedy, I have suspended activities of all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at Texas State,” Trauth said in a statement. “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.”

Commander Kelly Bomersbach of the San Marcos Police Department said that it’s unclear if hazing played a role in Ellis’ death.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Kalhan Rosenblatt