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Fraternity now known for butt-chugging is upgraded to “suspended indefinitely”

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.

For more higher education news, you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook. And here are other pieces I have written about greek life:

Tennessee frat suspended following ‘butt chugging’

Fraternity rush sobers up at U-Md. and elsewhere

U-Va. fraternity pledge hospitalized after soy-sauce dare

Fraternities hire acclaimed chefs

Jenna Johnson is a political reporter who is covering the 2016 presidential campaign.


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