PSU hazing report update

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The death of Penn State fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza in 2017 has caused many changes to greek life across the country, but a new report from Penn State shows that Piazza’s death hasn’t stopped hazing incidents at University Park.

Since Piazza’s deadly fall at Beta Theta Pi, there have been 12 hazing violations from 12 different greek organizatons, five of which involved alcohol.

All but three of the 31 hazing violations outlined in a Penn State release required by the Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law involve fraternities or sororities.

The report also outlines many of the penalties handed down to former Beta Theta Pi Brothers, penalties that were previously private.

Five students were indefinitely expelled, six received a 1-to-3 semester suspension, two were placed on probation, and 21 took a conduct withdrawal which allows them to withdraw from the university during a pending legal case.

Penn State President Eric Barron in a blog post released Tuesday wrote that after Piazza’s death the university consdered walking away from Greek life altogether, but worried having no oversight would make the community less-safe.

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