Texas State Greek life suspended after fraternity pledge dies

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

Ellis was a new member of Phi Kappa Psi, the university said. 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.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Investigators believe alcohol could have played a part in Ellis' death although a full toxicology report is pending. He was staying at the off-campus apartment complex with four other fraternity members.

According to the The University Star, the university's student paper, Ellis died in his sleep November 12 following his fraternity's initiation. His death may have been alcohol-related, according to police. The campus newspaper said Ellis' death happened the morning after his fraternity initiation.

Police are investigating after a 20-year-old Texas State University student died over the weekend.

A message left at the Phi Kappa Psi national office for comment was not immediately returned. So far, no arrests have been made.

San Marcos Police are investigating the death of a Texas State University student at the Millennium Apartments. Ellis was pronounced dead on the scene after EMS was unable to revive him. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community.

Trauth released a statement on Tuesday suspending all activities of Greek fraternities and sororities at the university.

Trauth says the university will conduct a "thorough review of the Greek Affairs system" and propose recommendations for reinstating the chapters that "demonstrate a commitment to the core values" of the university.

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