Florida State bans Greek life after a pledge's death

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"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.

At about 11:35 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, The San Marcos Police Department was dispatched to Millennium Apartments at 1651 Post Road. Medics responding to a 911 call pronounced him dead about an hour and a half later, San Marcos police said. Ellis was a new member of Phi Kappa Psi.

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

In response to Coffey's death, the university instituted an alcohol ban, ended the recruitment of any new Greek life members, and prohibited all Greek social events, including tailgate parties and chapter meetings. Investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor in his death, but are awaiting toxicology results from the autopsy, which is expected to take 6-8 weeks.

The Travis County medical examiner will determine Ellis' cause and manner of death.

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Monday, Penn State was back in the spotlight after Centre Country District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announced charges against 12 new Beta Theta Pi brothers following the February death of pledge Timothy Piazza. "I think it's super unsafe and these things have happened before, so I think it's definitely the right and the smart move", said Texas State Senior Stephanie Cloyd.

Trauth released a statement Tuesday afternoon suspending all fraternity and sorority activities on campus.

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

Florida State University took almost identical measures last week in suspending greek life.

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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