Knoxville, TN-- The University of Tennessee announced Friday it has suspended the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity indefinitely after the alleged "alcohol enema" incident last weekend.
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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.
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.
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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."
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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