Police investigate Texas State University student death

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

The San Marcos Police Department is investigating the events leading up to a Texas State student's death.

At about 11:35 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, SMPD received a call at 1651 Post Rd (Millennium Apartments) in reference to a subject who was not breathing.

The Texas State President has offered a statement in the wake of a death of one of his students, suspending all Greek activity at Texas State Sorority and Fraternity Chapters. A judge declared Ellis dead around 12:30 p.m.

Initial interviews with individuals on scene indicate that Ellis was a pledge for Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

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


The San Marcos Police Department is now investigating. The Texas State sophomore was unresponsive when friends found him late Monday morning.

Texas State's Greek organizations must register all social events through the Greek Affairs Office.

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

Trauth says the university will conduct a "thorough review of the Greek Affairs system" and propose recommendations for reinstating the chapters that "demonstrate a commitment to the core values" of the university. Trauth said the chapters aren't allowed to hold new-member events, chapter meetings, social functions and philanthropic activities.

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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