WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Penn State University announced a fraternity’s suspension on Tuesday following a 17-year-old’s death at an off-campus house allegedly occupied by the fraternity members.
- The Alpha Delta Chapter of the Chi Phi fraternity will remain suspended “until more information is known.”
- It is still unclear whether hazing caused the death of the teen, who was not enrolled at Penn State.
Penn State University suspended a fraternity following a teenager’s death at an off-campus house allegedly occupied by the fraternity members.
At around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, emergency responders were called to the house where a 17-year-old male was found unconscious with shallow breathing. According to State College police, he went into full cardiac arrest and died at the scene.
There were reportedly several witnesses at the scene.
The school detailed in a statement on Tuesday that the Alpha Delta Chapter of the Chi Phi fraternity will remain suspended “until more information is known” about the incident.
Police found no signs of trauma on his body, so it is unclear whether his death was caused by hazing. The cause of death is still pending an autopsy by the Centre County Coroner’s Office.
The teenager was not immediately identified. According to officials, he was not enrolled at Penn State and his relationship with the Chi Phi members is yet to be disclosed.
The school said, “Penn State offers deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this young man.”
The fraternity has not yet provided any comment.
The case is the latest incident linked to Penn State’s Greek system, which has recently been scrutinized following a student’s death.
Hazing had played a role in Penn State student Timothy Piazza’s death in 2017.
His parents had visited Capitol Hill to gather support for the END ALL Hazing Act. The bill “seeks to prevent hazing incidents by increasing transparency and accountability for student organizations on college campuses.”