Penn State Frat Parties With Alcohol Suspended After Student's Death

State College police, in a release, said that alcohol and fraternity hazing may have played roles in Timothy Piazza's death. Onward State, the university's student newspaper, and the Associated Press report Piazza was intoxicated at the gathering, when he fell down a stairwell and sustained severe injuries.

He fell Thursday night at 11 p.m. but medical attention didn't arrive until the next morning - almost 12 hours later - when Piazza was found unconscious and unresponsive after first responders were notified by a caller, according to police.

"We are proud to see Penn State fraternity leaders working in concert with the university to evaluate social policies and practices in their community", Kirk said.

The Centre County District Attorney's Office, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement Agency and the university Office of Student Conduct are contributing to the State College police investigation. It applied to all 46 of the university's greek organizations.

"Chapter presidents ... must work together with the University and others to achieve better outcomes that are required to ensure a healthy, productive and sustainable fraternity and sorority system", the statement read.

Heather Matthews Kirk, spokeswoman for the North-American Interfraternity Conference, contacted PennLive after the news site asked the national organizations of several Penn State fraternities for comment on the moratorium.

Officials added that "an aggressive timeline is being established" for introducing reform.

  • Larry Hoffman