Penn State and State College give notice of safety concerns at rental property

November 06, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Concern for safety within the community has prompted officials from Penn State and the Borough of State College to send a letter to students alerting them to activities it has learned are occurring at an off-campus rental property at 329 E. Prospect Ave., the former Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity chapter facility. 

The fraternity, which was suspended by the University in April 2017 for multiple alcohol, health and safety violations, also had its charter revoked by the fraternity’s national organization and is not a recognized student organization at Penn State. Additional violations have continued to occur at the privately owned property, including hazing, sexual misconduct and large gatherings.

The joint cautionary letter from Damon Sims, Penn State vice president for Student Affairs, and Tom Fountaine, State College borough manager, is an unprecedented action that strongly discourages any student from affiliating with the unrecognized group living in the facility and urges students not to attend activities there.  

Read the letter in its entirety here.

Last Updated November 06, 2020