UT suspends Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity indefinitely

UT suspends Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity indefinitely

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The University of Tennessee suspended Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity indefinitely, through an agreement reached Friday with the university.

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

Alexander Broughton, 20, of Memphis, denied using a wine enema in the September incident, according to a full case file UT released on Thursday. He was hospitalized for a time at UT Medical Center after a blood-alcohol level of 0.4%, five times the level of legal intoxication.

A total of 12 people were cited into court for that incident.

UT placed the chapter on interim suspension immediately following the September 22 incident, pending the results of a UT Police Department investigation, which concluded Thursday.

The Student Judicial Affairs agreement specifies that the university will not consider allowing the fraternity to reorganize at UT until spring of 2015.

The university also reserves the right to extend the suspension, as deemed appropriate.

The International Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity also suspended the chapter's charter, effective immediately, until at least 2015.

Student Life Vice Chancellor Tim Rogers will convene a task force of alumni, students, faculty and staff to review Greek life on campus. The task force will make recommendations for improving personal responsibility among members and enhancing the chapters' contributions to campus life.

The chapter notified the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity headquarters Friday of its decision to voluntarily surrender its charter to the national organization.

University of Tennessee students had strong reactions to Friday's punishment.

"I think they should have kicked the people who were involved in it out of the fraternity," said UT student Caitlyn Haley. "I don't think necessarily the whole fraternity should be punished."

Others felt punishing the fraternity through 2015 was excessive.

"I think they should get in some trouble for having alcohol on campus, but I think getting kicked off for four years because of the few guys drinking in the house that seems pretty severe," said UT student John Paul Finnegan.

For others, they feel the entire university has been punished for this incident.

"I was a little embarrassed because it was on Anderson Cooper, so the entire nation saw what our university did," said UT student Carl Mini. "It's kind of like, 'Thank you for giving our university a great name.'"

The residents of the Pi Kappa Alpha house in Fraternity Park are required to move out of the house by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 7.

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