As president of Texas State University, I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of one of our students who attended an off-campus social event on Sunday evening hosted by members of a university fraternity. His death may have been alcohol-related, according to police.
Matthew Ellis, 20, a sophomore from Humble, wasn't breathing when officers arrived at an apartment 2 miles from the San Marcos campus around 11:30 a.m. Monday. 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. Trauth said authorities were unable to revive him at the scene.
The decision comes after the death of Andrew Coffey, a Pi Kappa Phi pledge who was found unresponsive after a party. New member events, social functions and chapter meetings will not be allowed until student affairs completes a review of Greek life at the university.
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.
The city says alcohol may have been a factor in his death - but are waiting on a toxicology report to be sure. In her email, Trauth stated she has suspend all activities of fraternities and sororities until a review has been completed.
Texas state isn't the only school cracking down on fraternities and sororities.
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.
In February, Penn State University student Timothy Piazza died after a hazing ritual at a fraternity house, a story that garnered national headlines and spurred the university to deliver a range of sanctions on Greek life.