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Past hazing victim faults Penn State in Tim Piazza’s death

James Vivenzio wept when he read about the death of Pennsylvania State University fraternity pledge Tim Piazza.

He also was appalled.

“This was completely preventable,” said Vivenzio, 23, of Great Falls, Va., who sued Penn State in 2015 over his own hazing by a fraternity. “I provided Penn State with clear evidence of hazing, especially with alcohol, and they did absolutely nothing with the information I gave them.”

Penn State has disputed Vivenzio’s claim that the university ignored his report of hazing for more than a year. After he reported the allegations to State College police, the university revoked recognition of the fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho, for three years, citing hazing, underage drinking, and sexual harassment involving nude photos of women.

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