Penn State revokes Beta Theta Pi fraternity charter following death of NJ student Tim Piazza

Penn State University officials have shut down a fraternity where a New Jersey pledge was fatally injured in a fall down a flight of stairs.



The university said Friday it'll be at least five years before the Beta Theta Pi chapter might be allowed to regain status as a recognized fraternity. The fraternity's national office says it's closing the chapter.



The school is also maintaining an alcohol ban at social events at the main campus in State College for the rest of the spring semester and stopping fraternity recruiting until it can ensure effective anti-hazing measures are in place.



Lebanon Township resident Timothy Piazza, 19, participated in a pledge acceptance ceremony on Feb. 2. Officials say he was intoxicated when he fell down the basement steps.



Paramedics weren't called until about 12 hours later, according to officials. Piazza died at a hospital Feb. 4.



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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