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Penn State plans to drop fraternity, sorority oversight

The university championed the same policies in 2017 following the hazing death of a student.


March 2, 2023
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Penn State University in Pennsylvania is set to roll back oversight of fraternities and sororities like the one shown here.
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Penn State is quietly planning to roll back its oversight of fraternities and sororities, policies the university championed in 2017 following the hazing death of a student, Spotlight PA’s Wyatt Massey reports.

The university enacted more than a dozen changes to its oversight and compliance rules for Greek life after 19-year-old Timothy Piazza died at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on campus. At the time, Penn State said Greek life’s self-governance model had “failed to bring an end to excessive drinking, hazing, sexual assault and overly large disruptive gatherings within their organizations.”

Six years later, Penn State’s new administration appears to be easing those restrictions.

In an internal memo obtained by Spotlight PA, the university declares it is “time to recalibrate the relationships involved so the pendulum moves toward chapter self-governance, and away from University monitoring and intervention.”
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