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Suspended Penn State Fraternity Faces Underage Drinking Charges After Underage Women Are Hospitalized

A suspended fraternity at Penn State University is facing charges of furnishing liquor to minors after two underage women were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning after they say they attended a party at the off-campus house.

Court records show Alpha Chi Rho is facing four misdemeanor charges of furnishing liquor to minors after allegedly serving the alcohol at a Sept. 28 party at the Locust Lane home.

The 18-year-olds were found about three blocks from the frat house with blood alcohol levels of .286 and .223, State College Police said.

Medical records show the 18-year-olds were later hospitalized. They told police they had been drinking at the frat.

The women were allowed to enter the party, and at no time were they asked for identification, investigators said.

Police didn't search the home as part of the investigation.

Tighter enforcement of underage drinking at Penn State frats was one of the changes by the university in the wake of the death of student Timothy Piazza of New Jersey, who fell down the stairs at Beta Theta Pi in February after an alcohol-related hazing ritual.

State College officers make regular arrests for underage drinking and giving alcohol to minors each month, police said.

University records show Alpha Chi Rho was already placed on a one-year suspension following alleged hazing.

"Alpha Chi Rho is not currently a recognized fraternity at Penn State," the university said in a statement. "This group was suspended (7/17/17) for one year until July 2018 – for hazing."

The fraternity faces a preliminary hearing for the most recent charges is scheduled for Nov. 8.

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