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15 November 2017, 08:09 | Opal Carroll
Texas State student confirmed dead University suspends Greek organizations
Following other colleges, Florida State University moved to indefinitely ban all fraternity and sorority activities until "a new normal for Greek Life at the university" is reached, according to a statement from John E. Thrasher, the university's president. Around the same time, Sigma Phi Epsilon adopted a substance free policy for all their fraternity facilities in the U.S.
Ellis passed away in his sleep November 13 off campus, following his fraternity's initiation.
Matt Ellis is pictured on the Texas State University campus.
University President Denise Trauth says the chapters won't be reinstated until a review is done of the entire fraternity and sorority system on campus.
Monday, Penn State was back in the spotlight after Centre Country District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announced charges against 12 new Beta Theta Pi brothers following the February death of pledge Timothy Piazza. New member events, social functions and chapter meetings will not be allowed until student affairs completes a review of Greek life at the university. Following a call from friends, officers with the San Marcos Police Department found Matthew Ellis, a Phi Kappa Psi pledge, unresponsive on Monday morning at an apartment off campus.
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.
Phi Kappa Psi's Texas State chapter switched its Twitter account to private following Ellis' death, ABC San Antonio affiliate KSAT reported.
The Texas State Police Department has offered to assist the San Marcos Police Department in the investigation into the events leading to Ellis' death. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community.
As a result of this tragedy, I have suspended activities of all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at Texas State.
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