Texas State student confirmed dead, University suspends Greek organizations

Foss Greek system needs to change

Braxton Becker

San Marcos police are investigating after Matthew Ellis, 20, was found dead at an apartment building off campus.

Friends found Matthew McKinley Ellis unresponsive about 11:35 a.m. Monday at the Millennium Apartments, according to the San Marcos Police Department.

Phi Kappa Psi members did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent through the fraternity's Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon.

Ellis is the latest of several students to die after parties while pledging fraternities this year.

Ellis was from the Houston area and majoring in business at the time of his death.

At the beginning of this year, four Texas State University fraternities were suspended after student, Jordin Taylor, 20, was found dead after a party at Cool River Ranch in Guadalupe County on October 29, 2016.

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According to Texas State University President Denise Trauth, Ellis was a pledge at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The University Star, Texas State's student newspaper, reported that Ellis died following his fraternity initiation. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The San Marcos Police Department is now investigating. He was pronounced dead after EMS personnel were unable to revive him. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community. In her email, Trauth stated she has suspend all activities of fraternities and sororities until a review has been completed.

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.

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.

The chapter had been suspended by Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Inc. last week for unrelated matters, and will remain suspended while the investigation continues.

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