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2 Penn State fraternities lose recognition after rule violations

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Two fraternities have lost their recognition after what Pennsylvania State University describes as "several violations of university rules."

University officials said Saturday that Delta Upsilon has lost its recognition until the end of the spring semester. They say that Pi Lambda Phi won't be recognized until the end of 2019. The punishment means the fraternities cannot participate in Greek life events such as homecoming or the university's dance marathon.

Penn State says the fraternities "violated university expectations" after making alcohol available during social events involving underage students. 

In a news release, university officials said Delta Upsilon was disciplined for organizing events involving alcohol and underage drinking. The frat also held an event named "Fifth and a Friend" which encouraged students to drink, officials said.

Pi Lambda Phi made alcohol available to guests on three separate occasions, officials said.

"Unfortunately, these men had the opportunity to do the right thing, when the University made abundantly clear what its expectations were and what the consequences for failing those expectations would be," Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs, said in a statement.

"The misbehavior of these chapters demonstrates very little regard for the trouble alcohol can bring. I am disappointed by this outcome, but effective accountability must be achieved," Sims said.

Delta Upsilon International's executive director says sanctions are needed if chapters hold events that endanger health and safety. He says he's "extremely disappointed" in the Delta Upsilon members' behavior.

Pi Lambda Phi hasn't responded to a request for comment.

Another Penn State frat, Beta Theta Pi, was shut down by the university in March after 19-year-old pledge Timothy Piazza died from injuries he suffered after drinking a large amount of alcohol. More than a dozen fraternity members faced a range of charges, although some of the most serious counts were dropped.

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