UT shuts down fraternity after alleged 'alcohol enema' incident

6:35 PM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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The University of Tennessee announced Friday it has suspended the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity indefinitely after the alleged "alcohol enema" incident last weekend.

The fraternity pleaded guilty to seven specific charges of misconduct related to an underage alcohol consumption incident on September 22 and two charges related to an incident on August 31. Charges were pending for that incident.

"The discussions were very productive and very coordial.  The local and national Pi Kappa Alpha representatives were very great to work with and were seeking the same thing we were," said UT Student Affairs Vice Chancellor Tim Rogers.

Early Saturday morning, 20-year-old Alexander Broughton was brought to UT Medical Center with a blood alcohol level of .448, more than five times the legal limit. Investigators believe Broughton and other fraternity members may have used rubber tubing to give each other alcohol enemas. Police said the practice heightens and speeds up the process of alcohol entering the blood stream because it bypasses the liver's filters.

Broughton and his family are denying those claims.

UT placed the chapter on interim suspension immediately after the incident, pending the results of a UT Police Department investigation, which concluded Thursday.

The Student Judicial Affairs agreement specifies that UT will not consider allowing the fraternity to reorganize at UT until spring 2015. The university could extend the suspension at that time if it is "deemed appropriate."

"Technically, the chapter would need to be reinvited back to the university.  We would first work through the Interfraternity Council to see if there were any objections to that.  Barring none, the Chancelor would review it and decide how they felt and the decision would be made then," said Rogers.

All students must be out of the Pi Kappa Alpha house in Fraternity Park by 5 p.m. on October 7.

In addition, the  university will form a task force of alumni, students, faculty and staff to review Greek life on campus and to make recommendations for "improving a personal sense of responsibility among members and enhancing the chapters' contributions to campus life."

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