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Penn State Revokes Delta Tau Delta's Recognition

by on November 07, 2017 3:44 PM

Penn State on Tuesday announced it has revoked recognition for another fraternity, this time through the end of the fall 2018 semester.

Delta Tau Delta was suspended "as the result of several violations of University rules," according to a university statement, making it the 10th fraternity to currently have its recognition revoked and seventh since the death of Timothy Piazza. 

"The suspension of recognition means that the former fraternity has lost all rights and privileges associated with being a recognized student organization at the University," the statement said.

Just over a week ago, the university announced similar sanctions against two other fraternities -- Delta Upsilon and Pi Lambda Phi. 

 The most recent revocation was announced at the same time as the results of a student conduct investigation and disciplinary process for 32 individuals in connection with the February death of Piazza at the now-permanently banned Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Delta Tau Delta had been on interim suspension since the end of September after an an 18-year-old student, who was suspected of drinking alcohol at the fraternity house at 429 E. Hamilton Ave., was found unconscious on East Calder Way.

The fraternity was charged on Oct. 30 with furnishing alcohol to minors related to the incident.

According to a criminal complaint, State College Police responded at 1:37 a.m. on Sept. 29 to the 300 block of East Calder Way for a report of an individual on his back in the roadway. Officers reportedly found the 18-year-old male student was unconscious but breathing. He did not have any visible injuries aside from a superficial laceration on his leg and was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment.

Witnesses told police the man was attempting to jump a fence when his leg got caught and he fell. A review of downtown cameras showed him running through the Garner Street lot and attempting to jump over a small chain fence when his foot caught the chain and he fell into the road, according to the complaint. 

Police said medical records showed the man had alcohol in his system. Both he and his roommate, who also is 18-years-old, reportedly later told police they were drinking alcohol that night at Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

Among numerous Greek life reform measures the university has enacted since Piazza's death, a moratorium on events with alcohol has been in effect.



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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