Texas State suspends all sororities and fraternities
Texas State University is suspending all sorority and fraternity activities after a student's death off campus. In a statement the university president said the school would begin thoroughly reviewing the groups before allowing them to operate as campus organizations again.
Under the suspension, no sorority or fraternity meetings, social events or philanthropic activities are allowed until student affairs reviews the entire Texas State Greek system.
Texas State's Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is not commenting on pledge Matthew Ellis' death, but the campus-wide suspension of sororities and fraternities is getting praise from some students.
"Crazy stuff happens. Serious stuff," junior Hannah Parsons says about Greek Life. Parsons says she distanced herself from the culture last year.
"I'm still kind of involved, but not really because of the stuff that goes on. I've seen it firsthand," Parsons says. She explains, unregulated parties, concern for student safety and general negativity compelled her to take a step back.
Neither police nor the University have said if Ellis' death was the result of hazing but grad student Devante Sanders says in fraternities hazing continues to be a problem.
"My dad was in a fraternity and I was in one as well. [Hazing is] just a part of the process but it's not by anyway right. I think the university doing what they're doing ... they can really take a look at that," says Sanders.
Texas State says they do plan on reinstating fraternity and sorority chapters that demonstrate a commitment to the core values of the University -- placing the highest priority on safety.