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Beta Theta Pi chapter cited for code violations

The Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi has been cited for State College borough code violations totaling $785.
The Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi has been cited for State College borough code violations totaling $785. Centre Daily Times, file

The Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, where 19-year-old Timothy Piazza sustained fatal injuries at a pledge event in February, has been cited for two State College borough code violations.

The citations — filed by Centre Region Code Agency Director Walt Schneider on Tuesday — relate to the shuttered Penn State fraternity house, located at 220 N. Burrowes St., being used as a place for fraternity alumni to stay during home football game weekends.

The first citation states that prior to the change in occupancy in a commercial building, the owner needs to apply for and obtain the required permit.

The occupancy was changed from a non-transient multi-family residential structure to a transient without the required permit, the citation says.

The Associated Press reported Sept. 8 that an email had been sent to dozens of Beta Theta Pi alumni saying the house was being “re-opened on a limited basis for your exclusive use.”

A rental pitch listed prices as $50 for a bed and private locker to $350 for three-bedroom accommodations, with the funds going toward the fraternity’s legal costs, the AP reported.

The second citation states that no one or corporation shall operate a place as a hotel or motel or rent such space to another until such a person or corporation has been issued a fire safety program license.

Alpha Upsilon faces $785 in fines for the citations.

The borough has been in communication with the fraternity in the past couple weeks regarding the use of the property, said Douglas Shontz, State College borough communications specialist.

Sarah Rafacz: 814-231-4619, @SarahRafacz

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