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Experts and activists alike decry renegade chapters such as the former PSU SAM

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…….The message concerned a rental property that formerly served as a chapter house for Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, which was suspended in 2017 for multiple alcohol, health, and safety violations. Located at 329 E. Prospect Avenue, the house has continued to serve as a rental residence ever since Sigma Alpha Mu lost recognition as a student organization and had its charter revoked. Residents of the house have continued to represent themselves as a fraternity, according to the university.

Since April 2017, according to Penn State, residents at the property were accused of or found responsible for a number of offenses, including hazing and sexual misconduct. This semester, the university found residents repeatedly hosted large gatherings that violated the borough’s COVID-19 mitigation ordinance.

According to the email, State College police have already visited the property “at least ten times” this semester for various offenses.

State College is reportedly considering taking additional legal action. Penn State said it’s already suspended two students living there.

Over Halloween weekend, an underaged female Penn State student who attended a gathering at the house was found both intoxicated and unconscious on a nearby sidewalk. According to the email, residents are accused of placing her there in the early hours of Saturday, October 31.

The female student was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center and treated for alcohol poisoning. She made a full recovery.

An unrelated allegation of sexual assault occurring at the property was also reported over that weekend.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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