Texas State Greek life suspended after fraternity pledge dies

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2017

Texas State University in San Marcos has halted all fraternity and sorority activity after a 20-year-old fraternity pledge was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive at an off-campus apartment.

Texas State is the second major university in less than 10 days to suspend all Greek activities on campus.

In September, Maxwell Gruver, a freshman at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, died after a fraternity drinking game, resulting in the establishment of a specific task force to review relevant campus policies.

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Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth said in a statement Tuesday that she was "deeply saddened by the tragic death".

A Texas State sophomore and Phi Psi brother was found dead after a pledging incident.

A preliminary investigation suggests Ellis may have died from alcohol poisoning, CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS-TV reports.


If it is determined that Ellis' death is hazing related, charges could range from providing alcohol to a minor to manslaughter.

Texas state isn't the only school cracking down on fraternities and sororities.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire [Texas State] student body during this hard time", Guidi said.


"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 in a statement. "Alcohol plays a role in college life and I would just ask for moderation in that respect", said Commander Kelly Bomers Bach with the San Marcos Police Department.

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.


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