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Texas fraternities suspended for ‘alcohol violations’ after sorority member dies at party

by Ellen Killoran

Jordin Taylor was dragged by a bus after a Halloween party

Four Texas State Universities have been suspended after a 20-year-old student was dragged to her death during an off-campus party this fall.

Pi Kappa Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha and Delta Tau Delta will suspend all operations following “alcohol-related policy violations.” Campus officials confirmed the suspensions to My San Antonio on Tuesday.

On October 29, the body of 20-year-old nursing student Jordin Taylor was found under a bus that had been used to transport students from an off-campus fraternity and sorority party the night before. She is believed to have dragged by the bus, which had been experiencing mechanical difficulties, for about 500 feet. School officials did not directly due Taylor’s death to the suspensions, but university spokesman Matt Flores told My San Antonio that the alcohol violations the prompted the suspensions took place on the night of October 28, when Taylor is believed to have attended a Halloween party.

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The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, which reportedly hosted the October 28th party, voluntarily suspended operations immediately after Taylor’s death, releasing the following statement on November 1:

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. Until more information becomes known, the chapter is voluntarily suspending all operations until further notice.”

Taylor’s death was ruled accidental by the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s office.
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Ellen is a seasoned journalist and former media & entertainment reporter with a taste for true crime. Formerly a senior editor at IBTimes, her work has appeared in Forbes, Rolling Stone, Maxim, NYMag, Indiewire, and more. She co-produced the HBO documentary "Youth Knows No Pain" and appeared in a documentary series that aired alongside the Lifetime movie "Manson's Lost Girls."