Alcohol may have played role in death of Texas State University student from Humble

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KTRK) —

A 20-year-old Texas State University student from Humble was found unconscious Monday morning at an off-campus apartment complex.

Investigators said Matthew Ellis later died.

Preliminary findings indicate alcohol may have been a factor in his death, but police are awaiting results of a toxicology test.

Ellis was a pledge of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at TSU, but it is unknown if the fraternity held any social events preceding Ellis’ death.

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

Trauth’s office released the following statement this afternoon:

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. Following a call from friends, officers with the San Marcos Police Department found Matthew Ellis, a Phi Kappa Psi pledge, unresponsive on Monday morning at an apartment off campus. He was pronounced dead after EMS personnel were unable to revive him. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the Texas State Community.

As a result of this tragedy, I have suspended activities of all Greek fraternity and sorority chapters at Texas State. 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.
I have asked Dr. Joanne Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs, who has responsibility for the Greek Affairs system, to immediately initiate this review and 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.

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.

Denise M. Trauth
President

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