Penn State's Beta Theta Pi and 18 members of the fraternity are being charged in the February death of a fellow fraternity member.
Eighteen Penn State fraternity members are now facing of a slew criminal charges following the death of a student who was in the midst of joining the organization.
18 students now charged in the frat party death of 19-year-old Timothy piazza.
The Beta Theta Pi chapter house was celebrating with Piazza and other students who had just accepted bids to join the fraternity one night in February.
In the wake of Piazza's death, Penn State President Eric Barron permanently banned the fraternity.
They were announced Friday by the Centre County district attorney.
He added: "Our thoughts continue to lie with the Piazza family as the justice process moves forward". The remaining men were charged with a variety of lesser violations, including hazing, furnishing alcohol to minors, evidence tampering and aggravated and simple assault, according to The New York Times.
The grand jury found evidence that Beta Theta Pi engaged in hazing, not just for Piazza's spring 2017 pledge class, but also previous pledge classes in spring and fall of 2016.
Old Main on the Penn State main campus in State College, Pa., Oct. 28, 2015.
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A grand jury investigation revealed that the budding sportsman was taking part in a ritual known as "the gauntlet" where students are urged into drinking vodka, beer and wine whilst playing beer pong. Attorneys for some of the defendants have argued that Piazza received injuries that were hard to detect, and that it was perfectly reasonable for the fraternity members to conclude that he was merely intoxicated.
In the week leading up to Timothy Piazza's death, "one Beta brother bought almost $1,180 worth of alcohol, including Four Loko and Crown Russe vodka, prosecutors said", according to NBC.
He went on to explain his feelings and reading of the grand jury presentment which called the greek life system at Penn State a "danger to human life".
The mission of the Piazza family now, Klein said, is to try to make sure what happened to their son will never happen again.
The testimony showed the fraternity members knew the dangers of excessive drinking and that their actions constituted hazing and would have consequences, the grand jury wrote.
If found guilty, the fraternity brothers charged with involuntary manslaughter - which is a felony - could be sentenced to jail time, the New York Times reported.
At one point, a new member of the fraternity saw Piazza, became upset and screamed at the others that they needed to get him to the hospital. He was a pledge at the fraternity. Piazza was placed on a couch, and an ambulance was not called until 12 hours later. That will occur for the other defendants next week, Miller said.
The fraternity brothers communicated through a group messaging system, which showed that the day after the party, Young, the president, instructed another member to clean the basement and get rid of any traces of alcohol. A county grand jury investigation led to the charges.
Hazing and excessive drinking at fraternities and sororities has long plagued colleges and universities, at times resulting in similar prosecutions.
"They waited over 40 minutes before they called for help", Miller said, according to the station.