Penn State

Penn State fraternity suspended after student hospitalized

Penn State chapter of Delta Tau Delta at 429 E. Hamilton St. in State College.
Penn State chapter of Delta Tau Delta at 429 E. Hamilton St. in State College.

One more Penn State fraternity is facing penalties for dangerous drinking.

On Wednesday, the university confirmed the suspension of Delta Tau Delta on an “interim basis.”

According to Penn State, the move comes after the Sept. 28 injury of a student who was allegedly drinking at the 429 E. Hamilton St. fraternity house.

The university said an investigation is pending into the incident in which an “18-year-old male student was hospitalized after being found unconscious off campus on Calder Way in State College Borough by borough police. The student is recovering.”

State College police confirmed the student was not a member of the fraternity, saying he had been crossing the paid parking lot along the 100 block of South Garner Street when he tripped over the chain fence and knocked himself unconscious.

“The potential involvement of Delta Tau Delta is very disturbing news, given all of the recent efforts and education that have gone into emphasizing student safety,” said Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs. “None of us can be tolerant of organizations or individuals who value access to alcohol above student welfare. We’ll see where our investigation of this incident leads.”

This is the first real test of the new stricter alcohol policies put in place by Penn State in June in response to the death of Timothy Piazza, 19, after a February pledge party at Beta Theta Pi. The Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Theta Pi was banned after that incident and the fraternity and 14 members are facing criminal charges.

Penn State had put interim measures in place in February, locking down social functions with alcohol, but lifted that rule for “Parents Weekend.” That resulted in Sigma Alpha Mu’s suspension, announced in April.

Kappa Delta Rho remains on a three-year suspension issued in 2015 after allegations of inappropriate behavior documented on a secret Facebook page.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce Jeremy Hartley contributed to this report.