UT fraternity faces multiple drinking and hazing violations

UT fraternity faces multiple drinking and hazing violations

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Pi Kappa Phi's national office decided to close the Knoxville chapter on Friday, saying the members were unable to abide by the fraternity's code of conduct. Pi Kappa Phi's national office decided to close the Knoxville chapter on Friday, saying the members were unable to abide by the fraternity's code of conduct.
"All the fraternities have to stick together rather than just everyone doing their own thing and getting in trouble. That just hurts us all," UT student Sam Brooks said. "All the fraternities have to stick together rather than just everyone doing their own thing and getting in trouble. That just hurts us all," UT student Sam Brooks said.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Reports from the University of Tennessee Police Department document underage drinking, damage to property and more in the weeks before a fraternity had its charter revoked over hazing allegations.

Pi Kappa Phi's national office decided to close the Knoxville chapter on Friday, saying the members were unable to abide by the fraternity's code of conduct. Members have to be moved out as soon as finals are over.

According to UT police, on November 22, a parent made a report of his son being subjected to hazing, resulting in mental and physical abuse.

Pi Kappa Phi started the fall semester on probation for prior hazing incidents. According to the fraternity's national council, the UT chapter refused to abide by the rules.

The council had a hearing November 24 after the latest hazing claims. Several other reports involving the fraternity were also filed around the same time.

6 News obtained the documents from UT police. One incident happened the night before that council meeting. The report notes that officers found an unconscious 19-year-old pledge and arrested him for public intoxication and underage drinking. Officers also found evidence of drinking in the fraternity house and major damage done to a meeting room.

The previous week show more reports of drinking. Police noticed a man vomiting on the corner of the fraternity house, beer cans inside the building and two 19-year-old girls were warned about underage drinking.

Earlier weekends show more incidents, including public intoxication, underage drinking and public indecency in front of the Pi Kappa Phi house.

UT student Sam Brooks is a member of a different fraternity. He says incidents like this give all fraternities a bad name.

"All the fraternities have to stick together rather than just everyone doing their own thing and getting in trouble. That just hurts us all," Brooks said.

Brooks also says shutting down one fraternity won't solve all the problems.

"Hazing and drinking, it's part of fraternity traditions to be honest. I'm not saying everyone hazes, I'm not saying everyone underage drinks, but to stop underage drinking on a college campus is pretty hard," Brooks said.

Also found in the police reports, officers were wearing body cameras, which documented the evidence of drinking. 6 News requested copies of those videos.

As for the hazing claims, UT's investigation is ongoing, and university officials say members could face criminal charges.

Two other UT fraternities, Sigma Chi and Lambda Chi Alpha, were disciplined in September over alleged hazing.

The issue of drinking on fraternity row also made national headlines last year with an incident at Pi Kappa Alpha, involving a so-called wine enema, which resulted in the PIKE House being shut down.

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