Penn State Fraternity Suspended During Investigation of ‘Serious Student Injury’
Theta Chi fraternity at Penn State has been placed on an interim suspension while the Office of Student Affairs investigates a serious student injury and alleged alcohol misuse, the university announced Thursday.
According to a news release, Theta Chi's national organization, which could levy additional sanctions, has been notified and is cooperating with the investigation. As part of the suspension, the chapter cannot recruit new members, participate in university-wide functions or host social events.
The frat was one of only 13 at Penn State not to have any organizational violations reported against it in the fall 2018 Greek life community scorecard.
Theta Chi is the 12th Penn State Greek life organization to have had its recognition suspended or revoked since 2017 when sweeping reforms were introduced in the wake of Tim Piazza’s death during bid acceptance night at the now-banned Beta Theta Pi.
“The university is determined to do all it can to encourage safety, success, and sustainability for the organizations comprising its fraternity and sorority system,” Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims said. “A key part of that encouragement is our intolerance for organizations that pursue activities that are anything but safe and which fail to follow our expectations for their behavior.”