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Interfraternity Council Releases Statement On Beta Theta Pi Charges

The Interfraternity Council released a statement promising cultural change to Greek life after Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announced a total of 1,098 charges against Beta Theta Pi fraternity and 18 former members this morning in Bellefonte.

“Our thoughts continue to lie with the Piazza family as the justice process moves forward,” the statement reads. “Our focus, as students, is leading the change Penn State needs to prevent a senseless tragedy like this from happening in the future.”

The statement promises significant change to the culture of Greek life, recommending students, alumni, and Penn State work together to accomplish this necessary goal.

“We are committed to addressing the critical issues in our fraternity community head on,” the statement reads. “We have formed stakeholder working groups tasked with developing increased community standards and enhancing student safety. The best way to shift culture is for students, alumni and the university to work together.”

Piazza fell down the fraternity house steps at bid acceptance night on February 2, when he was slated pledge the fraternity. According to his parents, he suffered a collapsed lung, ruptured spleen, and nonrecoverable brain injury following the fall.

Beta Theta Pi brothers did not call paramedics until the next morning — nearly 12 hours after Piazza’s initial fall. He was transported to Mt. Nittany Medical Center and later flown to Hershey Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on February 4.

You can read more details about what happened the night Piazza fell in the grand jury presentment.

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