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