Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Texas State Sophomore Dies After Fraternity Initiation Ceremony

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Sammy Stanley | 15 November, 2017, 08:12

Texas State University suspended all fraternity and sorority activities on Tuesday, a day after the death of a Phi Kappa Psi pledge - the latest in a string of similar episodes on campuses across the country.

"Allegations of violation of the alcohol policy by the fraternity were reported in September, which necessitated the further action", SDSU media relations officer Cory Marshall said.

Police were called to The Millennium apartment complex on Post Road Monday morning after Ellis was found unconscious and not breathing. He was pronounced dead after EMS personnel were unable to revive him.

Witnesses told cops how Ellis, a Business major, was pledging for Phi Kappa Psi.

Authorities investigating Ellis's death reportedly believe alcohol may have played a role.

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.

President of Texas State University is seen in this undated
Texas State University Denise M. Trauth President of Texas State University is seen in this undated

The Texas State Fraternity switched its Twitter account to private after Ellis' death.

"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", reads Trauth's statement.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire [Texas State] student body during this hard time", Guidi said.

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.

Greek life is suspended at Texas State.

The Texas State chapter of Phi Kappa Psi had been suspended by the national organization last week for "unrelated matters" and will remain suspended while the investigation into Ellis' death continues, the fraternity said in a statement.

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