For this Fraternity’s leadership, two questions – among many – certainly rise to the top: “Will Beta deal with the challenges before it?” And, if so, “How?”. Click “Read More” to find out how you can help keep our alumni community strong. He wasn't supposed to get too drunk to stop himself stumbling 15 feet down a flight of stairs. The house was the site where 19-year-old Tim Piazza died in 2017 during a night of drinking and hazing. A fraternity at Penn State University has been suspended after four of its members were accused of sexual assault, school officials said. Charter revoked due to alcohol violations, Charter revoked for "Hazing; alcohol abuse; financial delinquency; poor chapter operations", "Zeta Iota was closed Feb. 5 due to a lack of membership. The alumni-run corporation owning the fraternity house… Tel: 800.800.2382 Fax: 513.523.2381 Foundation 501(c)(3) Tax ID#: 80-0296934. She has also been progressive. Tim Piazza wasn't supposed to die after a night at the Penn State Beta Theta Pi house. Recolonized in Fall 2013, re-chartered 2018. 1971 (recolonized 2006; rechartered 2010), 1982 (recolonized 2008; rechartered 2012), 1983 (recolonized 2004; rechartered 2005), 1990 (recolonized 2010; rechartered 2013), 1995 (revoked 1999; recolonized 2013; rechartered 2016, 1998 (closed 2006; recolonized 2008; rechartered 2013), "1900–1901 ... returned its charter, the chapter being degenerated into a local. With Farmhouse, Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Phi Epsilon having already stepped forward on this matter, imagine if all 70 other inter/national fraternities took this same substance-free housing step we all know is inevitable and needed. "...Brown and Williams chapters deserted Beta to join Alpha Delta Phi" in 1851. The Fraternity is proud to claim among its members the 17th Vice President of the United States, the 17th Prime Minister of Canada, nearly 200 members of the U.S. Senate… Beta Theta Pi house, 220 N. Burrowes St. Photo by Matt Sniegowski | Onward State WILLIAMSPORT – The owner of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in which a pledge died after falling down steps has made a third federal court attempt to block Penn State … 1854–1872 (inactive during Civil War), 1880–1888, 1856–1861, 1865–1898, 1917–2004, 2007–2018, Charter revoked due to change in university administration policy of self-selection, Chapter surrendered "...its charter rather than reveal its existence as a, "...because of discontent within the institution.". The chapter will reopen as a colony in the September of 2020. . Last year, Abbey, a Beta brother, gave $1.2 million for what he called "a complete roof-to-cellar makeover" of the house, home to the University's second-oldest fraternity. Chapter closed due to hazing, including forced alcohol consumption. Poised to advance a three-pronged strategy focused on Brotherhood, Personal Growth and Home, Tim’s death only underscored the conviction your Trustees feel about the honorable role Beta Theta Pi should play in young men’s lives, not to mention reshaping Greek life as we know it. The now-banned fraternity Beta Theta Pi filed a lawsuit against Penn State and university officials on June 21, claiming that blame was placed on the Chapter for the February 2017 death of pledge Timothy Piazza to deflect from the 165 East 15th Avenue. After 18 former Beta Theta Pi members were charged in connection with the hazing death of 19-year-old Penn State student Timothy Piazza, school … College of Charleston Honor Board revoked the chapter's recognition after code of conduct violations; Beta Theta Pi General Fraternity agreed with the decision. Welcome to the Beta Theta Chapter of Kappa Delta at The Pennsylvania State University. The Sigma Rho chapter of Beta Theta Pi was founded in 1902 at the University of Illinois. Official Website of Beta Theta Pi - The Ohio State University. As young men learn about Beta’s reputation of interfraternalism early in their membership process, our Fraternity exists in a community that relies on others, and should be counted on when others are in need. ", Disbanded because chapter "struggled to meet minimum chapter operating expectations, particularly in the areas of recruitment, academics and financial sustainability. Charter suspended due to hazing and alcohol violations. Hazing incident. To be sure, consequential decisions must be made for the betterment of the Fraternity, but they must be rooted in objectivity in order to produce the greatest chances for success and sustainability. Beta Theta Pi (ΒΘΠ), commonly known as Beta, is a North American social fraternity that was founded in 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 1840–1843 (Beta chapter was established originally in the city of Cincinnati in 1840 and went inactive in 1843; Beta Nu chapter was est. Your trust and confidence is needed now more than ever. This list includes chapters which have gone dormant since the fraternity was founded in 1839. 1841 (Gamma chapter at Western Reserve founded 1841; 1841 (recolonized 2012; rechartered 2015), 1842 (Gamma chapter was founded at Jefferson College in 1842 and merged with Washington College's Nu chapter [founded 1855] when the two colleges joined as Washington & Jefferson in 1865. Colony suffered persistent disruptions to recruitment and operations due to multiple severe weather events and COVID-19, Disbanded; Charter revoked at 145th General Convention. Famous Betas of Achievement With more than 200,000 initiated brothers since 1839, many influential men have worn the Beta Badge and gone on to have a large impact on society. House Corp., also known as the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of the Fraternity of Beta Theta Pi, had claimed the university rushed to judgment by banning the chapter from Penn State … CONTACT AN OFFICER. Most of the great reforms and improvements in fraternity matters have originated in Beta Theta Pi. The impact of the Fraternity’s policies and programs undertaken since Men of Principle’s formulation is truly remarkable. He wasn't supposed to get too drunk to stop himself stumbling 15 feet down a flight of stairs. WILLIAMSPORT – A federal lawsuit that placed blame for a hazing death on members of the board that owns a Penn State fraternity house has … On Friday, the university revoked recognition for the fraternity amid investigations of the death of Timothy Piazza, 19, a Beta Theta Pi … Went underground in 1877, reason for closure unknown, Omega colony closed because "...the colony has displayed a lack of self-governance, leadership and enthusiasm....", "...risk management concerns and a deep sense of entitlement have continued to exist within the chapter's culture which are incongruent with the values of Beta Theta Pi and Vanderbilt University. In the complaint, it is noted that Sims once referred to Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi chapter as “the gold standard” among all college fraternities. 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. From the outside looking in, many argue a common thread in these ongoing campus concerns is the role fraternities and sororities play, notably in the social arena related to drugs and alcohol, as well as in matters of hazing and sexual assault. We look forward to continuing to connect you with your fellow Phi Kappa Theta Penn State alumni in 2021, but in order to do this we need your help. Penn State is looking to buy the house belonging to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Penn State permanently banned Beta Theta Pi six weeks after Piazza’s death. The chapter claimed it was done without due process and for administrators “to cover up their prior negligence in failing to adequately address the Closed in January 1999 due to inactivity/inability to recruit. Piazza was a 19-year-old sophomore engineering student at Pennsylvania State University.He was a pledge of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at the university. The university revoked Beta Theta Pi’s recognition following an investigation into the Feb. 4, 2017, death of pledge Timothy Piazza. The Theta Chapter of Sigma Pi welcomes you to our online home. In what will be a long-term commitment to the Men of Principle initiative – with strategic emphasis on Brotherhood, Personal Growth and Home – I ask you personally to understand and empathize with the critical choices your Board of Trustees is facing and, with humility and determination, making for the long-term welfare, viability and existence of our Fraternity. Having now concluded a series of feedback-seeking activities focused on garnering the greatest amount of quality data possible, and having listened to an array of suggestions and comments from Beta alumni, undergraduates and parents – including engagement of dozens of Beta house corporation members – the Board of Trustees has adopted the following initial strategies with the primary goal of protecting the health and safety of our members, and advancing Beta’s mission to develop men of principle for a principled life: To the last point, Beta’s Board of Trustees believes strongly that we are not an island unto ourselves. As Penn State’s student conduct investigation of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity continues, more disturbing facts have emerged, including a persistent pattern of serious alcohol abuse, hazing, and the use and sale of illicit drugs. Charter suspended for incidents related to hazing and alcohol use. General Secretary, © 2021 Beta Theta Pi | All Rights Reserved, SUBSTANCE-FREE HOUSING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Beta Theta Pi Magazine: “Soul Searching” (November 2020), Press Release: Beta Theta Pi Announces Commission Membership (July 2020), General Fraternity News and Press Releases, 12.16.20 – Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Closes Chapter at University of Houston, 07.12.20 – Beta Theta Pi Announces Commission Membership, 07.07.20 – Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Closes Chapter at University of Arizona, BetaSpirit.com – Beta’s Official Online Store, complete and total opposition to hazing in any form. As shared in the most recent issue of The Beta Theta Pi magazine, in the two years preceding Tim’s death, the Board of Trustees was engaged in an extensive exercise aimed at developing a long-term plan to guide the Fraternity in the coming decade. 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And, for that, you have a commitment by the Board of Trustees to ongoing collaboration with our undergraduates and volunteers – coupled with what will become a historic allocation of resources, time and attention to see the work through. Colony closed after failure to thrive, specifically in the area of member recruitment and retention. No doubt there will be a spectrum of thoughts and opinions on the measures Beta’s Board of Trustees is taking at this pivotal moment in our Fraternity’s history. Hailed across the higher education community as one of Greek life’s most successful cultural change efforts, one need look no further than our Fraternity’s historic performance in leadership programming, GPA, recruitment, volunteerism and accountability to understand the thoughtfulness that has gone in year after year to support our undergraduate chapters and the adult men and women who mentor them. Ultimately, we know that any such measures we take must be grounded in the hard but true realities we face, which is why the Board of Trustees is convinced Beta Theta Pi cannot be tepid on these matters of consequence. Requiring all of Greek life to restore its original and longstanding tradition of substance-free housing would have one of the greatest and most immediate impacts in addressing this chronic problem campuses continue to battle. ", 1888 (closed 2009, recolonized 2010, rechartered 2012, closed 2017), University revoked recognition for minimum of 5 years, Violations of college and fraternity policies, Suspended by university due to unsafe activity, Chapter closed by General Fraternity and university due to serious alcohol violations; minimum of 10-year closure, Went inactive, recolonized 1990, disbanded, Charter suspended due to "...alcohol, controlled substances and hazing. 1959–1970; 1986 (recolonized);1988 (rechartered)-2020. Contact Us. Beta Theta Pi Foundation & Administrative Office Brennan Hall 5134 Bonham Road PO Box 6277 Oxford, Ohio 45056. ", "...issues related to hazing, unsafe social functions, alcohol-based recruitment, and a high level of distrust between the chapter and the advisors and General Fraternity.". ), 1845 (closed 1851, reopened 1854; closed 2007, recolonized 2010), 1845 (revoked 2001; recolonized 2003; rechartered 2005), 1848 (revoked 2006; recolonized 2011; rechartered 2014), 1858 (revoked 1861, 2000; recolonized 1991, 2010; rechartered 2012), 1868 (revoked 2001; recolonized 2004; rechartered 2008), 1869–1879, 1901–1992, 1997 to present, 1877–1880, 1972–2002 (recolonized 2003), 1881 (closed due to behavioral problems 2000, reopened 2003), 1886–2009; recolonized Fall 2015, rechartered Spring 2017, 1889 (revoked 2007; recolonized 2011, rechartered 2014), 1890 joined Beta Theta Pi, founded independently in 1870, 1900–1971, 1979–1991, recolonized 2018, 1903–2012 (revoked 2012; recolonized 2014), 1905 (recolonized 2006; rechartered 2012), 1913 (disbanded 2011; recolonized 2012; re-charter granted 2019), 1947 (revoked 2011 for alcohol, drugs, "bad culture", recolonized 2014), 1951 (closed 2005; recolonized 2009; rechartered 2011), 1959–1962, local fraternity Beta Gamma; 1962 Beta Theta Pi chapter (2004 revoked; recolonized 2019). This year will mark the 20th anniversary of Beta alumni and undergraduates launching the Men of Principle initiative to advance Beta’s position of interfraternal leadership. "The chapter's violations include hosting unregistered parties with alcohol, some of which was purchased using fraternity funds, marijuana use and hazing involving personal servitude and calisthenics, according to college officials. Of course, difficult as it has been throughout the emotionally exhausting and painful past 12 months, especially as we recognize the excruciating grief and pain of the Piazza family, the Board of Trustees has remained steadfast in thoughtful evaluation and sincere, open-minded listening. It was February of 2017 when Piazza died after attending a fraternity rush event at Penn State's Beta Theta Pi frat house. While there are of course no silver bullets, no greater medicine exists at this juncture than to address the environmental conditions that are incubating the very issues causing harm to our young students, the chapter houses they occupy and the campuses of which they are a part. The alleged attack was … We look forward to continuing to connect you with your fellow Phi Kappa Theta Penn State alumni in 2021, but in order to do this we need your help. Wayne Kay, Virginia Tech ’73 University and college presidents have unique authority and leverage to influence significant change in this arena. We have 403 brothers who we’ve lost touch with since they graduated and you can help us get back in contact. Penn State sues Beta Theta Pi chapter to regain ownership of shuttered fraternity house Nov 20, 2018 Penn State is suing the local Beta Theta Pi chapter to regain ownership of the house where pledge Timothy Piazza fell fatally down a flight of stairs — in the aftermath of a hazing ritual that ultimately caused the fraternity to lose its recognition. It is because of the character I have observed that I know together we are up for the tasks at hand. We must realize the difficulties which surround us, and determine to face them with loyalty worthy of the Beta of old days.”. f The following is a list of chapters and colonies of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. It’s Time: Beta Theta Pi Announces New Strategic Plan A Letter From General Secretary S. Wayne Kay, Virginia Tech ’73 February 2, 2018 This is an important message from General Secretary S. Wayne Kay, Virginia Tech ’73, which is addressed to all Beta alumni, undergraduates, parents, Friends of Beta, and the interfraternal and higher education… Certainly, a lot of important work is ahead of us. Joe Buchanan, Washington State ’53 Beta Theta Pi: Initiated October 7, 1951 as Roll No. To that end, we call on all of our peer fraternities to enact similar measures – specifically as it relates to substance-free housing and new member assimilation – knowing together our organizations have arguably the greatest ability to influence local campus behaviors than virtually any other group on campus. Jonah … The Beta Theta Pi fraternity house owner has filed an amended complaint in the U.S. Middle District Court in an attempt to block Penn State from claiming ownership of the house. ", Closed and disbanded "following years of operational, financial and recruitment difficulties. Columbus, OH 43210. As General Secretary John Calvin Hanna, Wooster 1881, so eloquently put it in “A Decade of Fraternity Reconstruction”: “Our fraternity has been conservative. Most objective minds find it difficult to disagree. This site has been designed to help keep our alumni and undergraduates up to date on news and events relevant to the Theta Chapter of Sigma Pi. Beta must lead. Eighteen members of a now-shuttered Penn State University fraternity and the fraternity itself are facing charges in the death of a student who fell down a … The stakes are simply too high. The chapter will be allowed to recolonize in the fall of 2021. Chapter closed after allegations of sexual misconduct (circulation of photos and videos with explicit sexual content). In March 2017, the Beta Theta Pi fraternity was permanently banned from Penn State. We hope our website can give you a glimpse of what our sisterhood is all about. Beta Theta Pi - Theta Delta Chapter. In closing, it is important that I express personally how much I believe in our 10,271 undergraduates and the more than 2,000 volunteers who support them on a daily basis. One of North America's oldest fraternities, it currently consists of 118 active chapters and 20 colonies[1] in the United States and Canada. Penn State alumnus Donald G. Abbey has raised to $3.5 million his commitment to fund the restoration of the Beta Theta Pi chapter house on Penn State's University Park campus. The Theta Chapter of Sigma Pi welcomes you to our online home. Suspended/disbanded, largely for financial reasons. Shipping Address: Beta Theta Pi Fraternity 220 N Burrowes St,No Current Address State College, PA 16801-3874 United States Not surprisingly, as our own Fraternity confronts the heartbreaking and tragic death of Penn State new member Timothy Piazza ’20, fraternities and sororities everywhere find themselves at an important crossroads in both the eyes of their host institution’s boards of regents and the administrations charged with carrying out their directives – not to mention fraternity and sorority alumni and parent bodies who are watching closely for meaningful action. We strive for excellence in academics, community ", "...Brown and Williams chapters deserted Beta to join. at University of Cincinnati in 1890). The incident, which took place at the fraternity’s house on Prospect Avenue, was reported to university officials via an online submission, Penn State police said. Inactive due to a ban by the Board of Trustees in 1913. As today marks the one-year anniversary of the actions that led to the death of Tim Piazza, we are reminded of the stark realities that accompany alcohol in chapter houses, and what happens when new member education is twisted into something it was never meant to be. We have invited and heard a multitude of them, and in a variety of forms and tones. Colony status from "Provisional" to "Full Colony" in 1985; Disbanded due to decreasing membership attributed to tuition increases and other financial pressures placed on extracurricular activities, a low male/female student ratio, a weak Greek system, lack of university support, and a shortage of involved alumni, Chapter went inactive due to low membership, Charter revoked due to low membership and risk management problems. Thankfully so, as it has been our members’ perspectives and the data that addresses their concerns that has reinforced our commitment to objectivity throughout these deliberations. Further, we also call upon all university and college presidents who oversee Greek communities on their campus: fraternities need a stronger helping hand in dealing with the substance abuse that is plaguing hundreds of thousands of young college men and women. Beta Theta Pi is no longer a Penn State fraternity. This site has been designed to help keep our alumni and undergraduates up to date on news and events relevant to the Theta Chapter of Sigma Pi. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Youtube Instagram. Tim Piazza wasn't supposed to die after a night at the Penn State Beta Theta Pi house. The Beta Theta Pi fraternity house at Penn State University is one of four fraternity houses around the country where students drank excessively during rituals and later died. We have 403 brothers who we’ve lost touch with since they graduated and you can help us get back in contact. ", This page was last edited on 7 January 2021, at 21:28. Penn State University’s former Beta Theta Pi fraternity house on Burrowes Road sits empty after being shut down (AP) This spring, the 140-year tradition of Greek life at Penn State … Despite the Fraternity’s achievements on so many fronts, however, Greek life across North America continues to grapple with serious issues that run diametrically counter to the founding principles and values upon which our organizations were founded. Beta Theta Pi Fraternity 220 N Burrowes St,No Current Address State College, PA 16801-3874 In September of 2017, the chapter was suspended and closed. The University has decided to permanently revoke recognition of Beta Theta Pi banning it from ever returning as a chapter at Penn State. Colonized 1986. A former Penn State fraternity house — at 321 Fraternity Row in State College — is on the market for $990,000. [1] This list includes chapters which have gone dormant since the fraternity was founded in 1839. Closed 2014 due to low membership numbers. Chapter voted to suspend charter and disband due to recruitment and financial difficulties. This file photo shows the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house … f The following is a list of chapters and colonies of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.As of January 2021, the organization lists 138 active groups, of which 20 are colonies and 118 are active chapters. As of January 2021, the organization lists 138 active groups, of which 20 are colonies and 118 are active chapters. A day after four former Beta Theta Pi brothers entered guilty pleas in the Penn State fraternity hazing case, another did the same on Friday. ", Charter suspended; Culture of drug and alcohol abuse. Beta Theta Pi Fraternity 220 N Burrowes St,No Current Address State College, PA 16801-3874 I ask you to support us as Beta brothers as we deal with so many challenging matters. 1969–1984; 1986–1999; 2013 – present // Closed in January 1984 due to organizational issues; recolonized Summer 1986. 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