Texas State fraternities suspended over 'alcohol-related' violations
Campus officials avoided connecting the action directly to the death of a 20-year-old sorority member at a frat party the day of the alleged violations, but the organizations are implicated in the fatal incident.
Updated 2:30 pm, Thursday, February 2, 2017
Four fraternities at Texas State University were suspended earlier this month — one for up to 5 years — following "alcohol-related policy violations," campus officials confirmed Tuesday.
Pi Kappa Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha and Delta Tau Delta, will cease campus operations for 2, 3, 4 and 5 years, respectively, university spokesman Matt Flores told mySA.com.
The suspensions were issued on Jan. 6 following review by a student justice panel comprised of students, faculty and staff. The fraternities are prohibited from conducting business or hosting social events, Flores explained.
He said the alleged violations occurred the night of Oct. 28, 2016 during an "off-campus social event."
Flores avoided connecting the infractions to the death of a Texas State freshman at a fraternity party the day of the alleged violations.
The body of 20-year-old Alpha Delta Pi sorority member Jordin Taylor was found Oct. 29, at least 12 hours after being dragged 500 feet by a bus with mechanical issues in the 600 block of Dupuy Ranch Road, near Cool River Ranch.
Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke said at the time there was a fraternity party held at the ranch the night of Oct. 28.
On what appears to be Taylor's Twitter account, she favorited a tweet posted Oct. 27 containing an image promoting a "Monster Mash" party hosted by Delta Tau Delta, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternities at Texas State, the fraternities suspended this month.
The flier image did not include a date or location for the "Monster Mash" party.
Zwicke said in a news release that around 11:15 p.m. one of the shuttle buses at the venue, used to haul tubers to and from the river, lost its air braking system, causing the driver to leave the vehicle where it had stopped.
The sheriff said Taylor's cause of death was "consistent with being stuck and dragged by the bus" and "appears to be an accident."
On Nov. 1, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity released a statement that the chapter voluntarily suspended all operations in the wake of Taylor's death.
"The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity was made aware that Taylor was found in proximity to an event held the previous evening involving members of (the) Zeta Theta Chapter and other organizations," a statement from the fraternity reads. "Until more information becomes known, the chapter is voluntarily suspending all operations until further notice."
Neither Texas State Greek Affairs nor national headquarters for each of the fraternities involved have returned requests for comment. Texas State University Infraternity Council could not be reached.
Staff writer Kelsey Bradshaw contributed to this report.