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Penn State Trustees Look to 'Ensure Significant Change' After Fraternity Death

Penn State trustees to weigh changes to Greek system

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    The family of a Penn State student who died after a fraternity event is now speaking out. Timothy Piazza died after falling down stairs and hitting his head several times.

    (Published Monday, May 15, 2017)

    Penn State trustees are planning to weigh recommendations to "ensure significant change" at the university's fraternities and sororities in the wake of the February death of a pledge.

    Eighteen members of the now-shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State face charges in connection with the Feb. 4 death of sophomore Timothy Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey. Police say Piazza drank a life-threatening amount of alcohol during a hazing ritual on Feb. 2 and fell down the stairs at least twice.

    Penn State said Monday that the board of trustees will meet June 2. The university is not discussing specifics, but Penn State President Eric Barron is promising "decisive action" to deal with chronic problems at fraternities and sororities.

    Timothy Piazza, 19, of Lebanon, New Jersey
    Photo credit: Family Photo