A fraternity at Penn State has been suspended after police found a student unconscious near a parking close to the fraternity’s house, CBS reported.
The student had allegedly been drinking at the Delta Tau Delta house and the fraternity is on an interim suspension while the university conducts an investigation.
“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,” Penn State said in a statement to CBS.
The suspension of Delta Tau Delta comes just months after the Penn State Board of Trustees passed a package of new rules designed to change fraternity and sorority culture.
The changes were passed at a meeting called in response to the death of Timothy Piazza, a 19-year-old Penn State sophomore who died after a hazing ritual in February.
“I am resolved to turn the pain and anguish radiating through our entire community into decisive action and reform, concentrating on the safety and well-being of students at Penn State,” the university’s president, Eric Barron, said, according to a statement from the school.
Citing the self-governance model of Greek life as failing to address pervasive issues of excessive drinking, hazing, and sexual assault, Penn State described the new policies as “an unprecedented transfer of responsibility to the University for disciplinary matters.”