After previously deleted surveillance footage from the basement of Beta Theta Pi was recovered by the FBI, 12 new defendants and five prior defendants were charged based on the new evidence shown in the videos. All seventeen individuals facing new charges were former members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
The university recently completed its student conduct process for 32 students related to Tim Piazza’s death, ultimately disciplining seven of those individuals. Now, Penn State will initiate additional student conduct investigations based on the new charges. It’s important to note the student conduct processes are separate from the criminal processes those charged will face.
You can read the full university statement below:
“Our hearts continue to break for the anguish being experienced by the Piazza family, as this shocking and sad story continues to unfold. Student safety is our priority, and we will continue to hold accountable those who are found to have put the well-being of others in jeopardy.
“The Penn State Office of Student Conduct has completed the student conduct investigation and disciplinary process for 32 individuals related to the tragic death of Timothy Piazza at the now-banned Beta Theta Pi fraternity. The university will proceed with additional student conduct investigations, through a process separate and distinct from the criminal process, as appropriate, based on these new charges.”