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Tim Piazza Beta Theta Pi Hazing Death: Parents Settle With Fraternity

Tim Piazza Beta Theta Pi Hazing Death: Parents Settle With Fraternity

In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, the Beta Theta Pi's shuttered fraternity house on Penn State University's main campus is viewed in State College, Pennsylvania. (Gene J. Puskar/AP, File)

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:58 AM

Tim Piazza's parents settled with the Beta Theta Pi national organization in the Penn State University student's death after a night of hazing and drinking at the fraternity he was pledging, their lawyer said.

The amount for which Jim and Evelyn Piazza, the parents of the late 19-year-old, settled with Beta Theta Pi is undisclosed, family attorney Thomas Kline said.

Beta Theta Pi has also agreed to a 17-point program that makes chapters safer and penalizes groups for hazing, he said, reforms that will "help establish a baseline for the new norm" of fraternity life.

Beta Theta Pi is focused on adopting "accountability measures," national leaders of the fraternity said.

Piazza, a 19-year-old engineering student from Lebanon, New Jersey, participated in a series of drinking stations the night of Feb. 2, 2017, as well as a basement event involving rapid consumption of alcohol.

The house's elaborate video security system recorded him stumbling to a couch on the first floor before falling down the steps. He was carried back upstairs, and spent the night in evident pain, most of it on the couch as fraternity brothers took ineffective and even harmful steps to address his condition.

After he was found unconscious in the basement the next morning, it took his friends about 40 minutes to summon an ambulance, and he later died at a hospital.

Medical experts say he suffered a fractured skull and shattered spleen, and his blood-alcohol level has been estimated to have peaked at three or four times the legal limit for driving.

A judge dismissed the most serious charges filed in Piazza's death.

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Tim Piazza's parents settled with the Beta Theta Pi national organization in the Penn State University student's death after a night of hazing and drinking at the fraternity he was pledging, their lawyer said.
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