Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has now officially been “suspended indefinitely” following the hospitalization of a fraternity member whose blood alcohol level soared to a dangerous level on Sept. 22 after allegedly “butt chugging” wine.
The university, along the the frat’s national organization, had originally placed the chapter on interim suspension pending an investigation, which university police concluded on Thursday. Student Judicial Affairs slapped the fraternity with seven charges of misconduct related to “underage alcohol consumption” on Sept. 22 and Aug. 31.
The fraternity pleaded guilty. It will not be allowed to formally exist on campus until at least 2015. The chapter also voluntarily surrendered its charter to the national organization, according to a university statement. University officials told students that the Pi Kappa Alpha house (better known as Pike) must be vacated by Sunday at 5 p.m.
The university’s vice chancellor for student life will also convene a task force to review the Greek life culture and see if there are any problems that need to be fixed.
For those new to this incident, here’s the quick recap: An unconscious 20-year-old Tennessee student was dropped off at a local emergency room early on Sept. 22. Medical staff called the police, as the student appeared to have been sexually assaulted. Local and university police investigated and were told by the student’s fraternity brothers that he had been “butt chugging” wine. Although the student was in critical condition for hours, he told the local media that he is now fine — and that he did not consume wine through his rectum that night.