Texas State adopts stricter rules for Greek chapters after pledge died


Texas State University announced stricter standards Monday for fraternities and sororities 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, require stepped-up new-member orientation, risk-reduction planning, limits in attendance at social events involving alcoholic beverages, upgraded training of chapter advisers, higher academic standards and other measures.

Each chapter’s president and advisers must meet with the the university’s Greek Affairs staff to review and sign on to the new requirements to be reinstated to the Greek Affairs system by no later than March 30.

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.

For more on the new rules, and what prompted them, visit MyStatesman.com



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