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Penn State Seeks To Buy Fraternity House Where Tim Piazza Was Fatally Injured

The Beta Theta Pi fraternity house where Penn State student Timothy Piazza was fatally injured in Feb. 2017.
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The Beta Theta Pi fraternity house where Penn State student Timothy Piazza was fatally injured in Feb. 2017.

Penn State wants a court to help it buy a fraternity house where a pledge suffered fatal injuries during a night of drinking and hazing.

A lawsuit filed Monday argues that a 1928 deed gives the university the right to force the sale of the Beta Theta Pi property and house if it stops being used as a fraternity.

The school wants the price to be set by an arbitrator or another court-mandated process.

The national fraternity and the university closed down and decertified the fraternity after the 2017 death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey.

Piazza’s death resulted in related criminal charges against about two dozen fraternity members and led lawmakers to pass anti-hazing legislation.

Messages for the university and the fraternity chapter’s lawyer weren’t immediately returned.

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