No businesses will be disciplined in connection to the death of a Texas State University fraternity pledge, KVUE's and the Austin American-Statesman's Tony Plohetski has learned.
Matthew Ellis, a freshman from Humble, Texas, was found dead at an off-campus apartment after a party hosted by a fraternity. As KVUE first reported, an autopsy showed his blood alcohol level was .38. That's more than four times the legal limit to drive.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which has closed its investigation into Ellis' death, will sanction no establishments in connection to the man's death. Investigators found that no businesses broke the law by selling alcohol either to a customer under the age of 21 or to an intoxicated person. Those are the two standards to issue disciplinary action.
"Any violation of the law that led to Mr. Ellis' death would have taken place at the location of his death and not any TABC licensed business," said Chris Porter, TABC spokesman.
Ellis' death prompted the university to suspend all Greek activity. The university is now poised to adopt new regulations for fraternities and sororities. They are planning to announce those new standards Feb. 26 and officials Wednesday would not confirm what they include. Greek organizations that agree to abide by them could be reinstated by March 1.