Ralph K.M. Haurwitz, American-Statesman Staff,
Texas State University is expected to announce new standards for fraternities and sororities Monday following the death of a pledge who had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the limit for driving.
The new rules, recommended by a university task force that conducted a review of the Greek system and fine-tuned in recent days, are to be posted on the school’s website, said Matt Flores, a university spokesman.
Texas State President Denise Trauth ordered the review and suspended activities of all 31 fraternity and sorority chapters following the death in November of Matthew McKinley Ellis, 20, a business administration major from Humble, near Houston.
Ellis was found dead at an off-campus apartment after a fraternity event. His blood-alcohol level was 0.38, according to an autopsy report. The legal limit for driving in Texas is 0.08. Anyone who furnished him alcohol — the drinking age in Texas is 21 — could face charges.
He was the second Texas State student to die in a little more than a year in conjunction with an off-campus Greek event. In October 2016, 20-year-old Jordin Taylor, a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, was fatally struck and dragged by a bus near Martindale.
Greek chapters that agree to the new rules could be reinstated by Thursday, officials said.
This is a developing story. Check back later for additional details.