KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- UT's Student Life Vice Chancellor Tim Rogers laid out the penalties levied against against the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity following an incident that sent a 20 year-old sophomore to the hospital.
Alexander Broughton was taken to UT Medical Center early Saturday morning. Police discovered fraternity brothers using a hose to absorb alcohol through their rectums. Alexander Broughton had to go to the ER, and cops found three others passed out from whats called, "butt chugging."
Rogers said he never heard of the so-called alcohol enema before and was appalled, he added that the details were "disconcerting" and "disturbing." He commented that this incident had in some ways tarnished the Big Orange Family.
Rogers said their investigation revealed Broughton had acute alcohol poisoning. Police said Broughton's blood alcohol level was five times the legal limit. Broughton and other fraternity brothers used an alcohol enema to get drunk faster. But Broughton's father raises serious concerns over that accusation. His family is conducting its own thorough information.
Rogers said he was contacted early Saturday morning about the incident and met with fraternity leaders that same day, ceasing chapter activity.
Rogers explained Pi Kappa Alpha is on indefinite interim suspension, which means only the ones living in the house with meal plans are allowed to eat there and chapter meetings will have to be supervised by an adviser. He said the students could face dismissal or just a reprimand, depending on if they committed other offenses.
Rogers said they will continue to have ongoing education programs and keep in constant contact with all Greeks. The university will also continue to do unannounced walkthroughs in fraternity houses to try to prevent incidents like these from happening again.