Penn State Releases Statement in Response to New Beta Theta Pi Charges
Penn State released a statement in response to Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller’s announcement on Monday of new charges against former members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity in connection with the death of Timothy Piazza.
After surveillance footage from the basement of Beta Theta Pi was recovered by the FBI, 12 more brothers were charged in addition to five prior defendants this morning. Among the new defendants, five face charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault, bringing the total facing those most serious charges to 13.
In total, 27 defendants are facing charges in the case.
The full university statement is 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.”