Members of the Penn State fraternity where a pledge died following a fall in February thought the victim was merely drunk and in no danger, according to defense attorneys and other sources who have spoken with the students or their relatives.
Pennsylvania State University had no reason to suspect that the fraternity linked to the death of New Jersey student Tim Piazza was engaging in dangerous hazing and underage drinking, said the university’s vice president for student affairs.
Susan Snyder has covered education for the Inquirer since 1998. She currently covers higher education. She was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2012.