I support Florida State University President John Thrasher's suspension of fraternity activities due to the recent death of a fraternity pledge.
Flores said the University Police Department is assisting the San Marcos Police Department in the investigation and the fraternity will be reviewed. The 20-year-old sophomore from Humble (UHM'-buhl), Texas, had attended a party that Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members hosted Sunday night at the apartment. EMS personnel were not able to revive him and he was pronounced dead. Around the same time, Sigma Phi Epsilon adopted a substance free policy for all their fraternity facilities in the U.S. Investigators said Matthew Ellis later died.
San Marcos police said they expect toxicology results to confirm Ellis' cause of death in six to eight weeks.
Ellis passed away in his sleep November 13 off campus, following his fraternity's initiation.
Greek life is suspended at Texas State.
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If it is determined that hazing played a role in Ellis' death, charges could range from providing alcohol to a minor to manslaughter, KSAT reported. Penn State closed the fraternity following Piazza's death. New member events, social functions and chapter meetings will not be allowed until student affairs completes a review of Greek life at the university.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire [Texas State] student body during this hard time", Guidi said.
Joanne Smith, the vice president for student affairs, will oversee the review and ultimately "propose recommendations for reinstating fraternity and sorority chapters that demonstrate a commitment to the core values of Texas State and the ideals established by their respective national organizations", Dr. Trauth said.
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.