Greek life group guides UT on combating underage drinking

Greek life group guides UT on combating underage drinking

The task force is comprised of alumni, students and university staff members. The task force is comprised of alumni, students and university staff members.

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Greek Life task force comprised of alumni, students and university staff members has provided a report with recommendations on how the University of Tennessee can help reduce the number of underage drinking incidents on campus.

The creation of the group is in part a response to last year's infamous incident involving 20-year-old Alexander Broughton, who police believe used an alcohol enema that left him hospitalized with a blood alcohol content of more than .40.

Broughton has denied ever using an alcohol enema and instead said he was involved in a drinking game with other fraternity members.

The group said it did not focus on any one particular incident but admitted Broughton's case was part of the driving force behind creating the group.

UT police said major alcohol-related incidents have gone down since Broughton was hospitalized, but said drinking is still an issue at the school like it is for campuses nationwide.

"We're not getting called to as many large parties," UT police chief Troy Lane said. "Are we still seeing alcohol out there? Absolutely, but we haven't seen any large scale events. We certainly haven't had as many."

The Greek Life task force has recommended that all Greek campus housing facilities have a live-in adult, also known as a "house mom" or "house dad."

All eight sorority campus houses already have a live-in adult, but the 13 fraternity houses do not.

"You'll have members that are very surprised and taken aback by a house mom or house dad, but I know a lot of chapters of Delta Tau Delta on other campuses do love their house dad," Delta Tau Delta and task force member Terry Nowell said.

The group also recommended that the university puts together a commission to review the effectiveness of the current disciplinary procedures and implement a re-education program on the harmful consequences of alcohol abuse.

UT said it's confident it will embrace most of the recommendations and hopes to put them into effect as soon as possible, though some could take more time depending on financial need or required legislative action.

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