Texas State Greek life suspended after fraternity pledge dies

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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.

"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.

The Phi Kappa Psi pledge, Matthew Ellis, attended a fraternity event Sunday night and was found unresponsive in an off-campus apartment complex the next morning. He was found dead by friends after 11 a.m. on Monday.

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According to Phi Kappa Theta National, recent actions by members of the CA Phi Iota Chapter caused the chapter to be placed on suspension by both SDSU and the fraternity earlier this fall.

The death of Matt Ellis, a business sophomore transfer student from Humble, Texas is under investigation.

"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", she said.

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Trauth suspended all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at Texas State as a result of the tragedy.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire [Texas State] student body during this hard time", Guidi said. In her email, Trauth stated she has suspend all activities of fraternities and sororities until a review has been completed.

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

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