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Greek life has always been a significant aspect of student life at Penn State, but it started to undergo drastic change in 2017. Beta Theta Pi pledge Tim Piazza died in February as a result of traumatic injuries he sustained when he fell down the steps after a night of hazing at the fraternity house for bid acceptance rituals.

Penn State announced a number of new Greek life regulations over the next few months, including a moratorium on socials with alcohol and a deferred recruitment process barring first-semester freshmen. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller levied charges against the fraternity chapter itself and eighteen of its former members. Follow along as Penn State attempts to fix a broken Greek life system and charges related to Piazza’s death play out in court proceedings.

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0 Grand Jury: Penn State, IFC Fostered ‘Permissive Atmosphere’ In Piazza Death

“The Grandy Jury concludes that the death of Timothy Piazza was not a result of isolated conduct or a simple mistake (i.e. negligence). Rather, the Grand Jury concludes that Timothy Piazza died as a direct result of the extremely reckless conduct of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity who operated within the permissive atmosphere fostered b the Pennsylvania State University Interfraternity Council,” the presentment reads.