A couple of weeks ago we brought you the story of Beta Theta Pi at Penn State after the university revoked their recognition as the State College Police Department continues its criminal investigation into the death of Timothy Piazza
The 39 members of Beta Theta Pi who live in the fraternity house must find alternate housing for the remainder of the semester.
Via Onward State:
The university said in a press release the revocation will last for “no less than” five years and may continue permanently after that. Members of the fraternity were immediately stripped of recognition in the Greek community at Penn State. The national fraternity also revoked Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi chapter charter.
Although Beta Theta Pi is privately owned, Penn State is working with the alumni board to offer the 39 members on-campus housing. According to Lisa Powers, a spokesman for the university, the Housing & Food Services contracts will begin March 15, and the boys will have to leave the fraternity house then.
Timothy Piazza, 19, tragically died due to injuries he sustained from a fall while at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in early February. Emergency services were not contacted until nearly 12 hours after Piazza fell down the steps.
Piazza, a 2015 graduate of Hunterdon Central Regional High School, was majoring in engineering and was pledging the fraternity’s Alpha Upsilon chapter.