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The Latest: Penn State seeks sale of frat for ‘positive’ use

November 20, 2018

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit by Penn State seeking to force the sale of a fraternity where a pledge suffered deadly falls (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

Penn State says it wants to force the sale of a fraternity house where a pledge suffered fatal injuries and put it “towards a positive purpose.”

A university spokesman said Tuesday the school has not determined any specific use for the Beta Theta Pi house.

The university filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Beta Theta Pi chapter, saying a 1928 deed gives it the right to compel the sale through arbitration if it stops being used as a fraternity.

The national fraternity and the university closed down and decertified the fraternity after the 2017 death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey.

A lawyer for the chapter didn’t respond to a message seeking comment.

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5:20 p.m.

Penn State wants a court to help it buy a fraternity house where a pledge suffered fatal injuries during a night of drinking and hazing.

A lawsuit filed Monday argues that a 1928 deed gives the university the right to force the sale of the Beta Theta Pi property and house if it stops being used as a fraternity.

The school wants the price to be set by an arbitrator or another court-mandated process.

The national fraternity and the university closed down and decertified the fraternity after the 2017 death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey.

Piazza’s death resulted in related criminal charges against about two dozen fraternity members and led lawmakers to pass anti-hazing legislation.

Messages for the university and the fraternity chapter’s lawyer weren’t immediately returned.

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