UT's Pike fraternity disciplined far more than others, records show

11:10 PM, Oct 7, 2012   |    comments
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Two weeks after the University of Tennessee suspended the chapter, the members of Pi Kappa Alpha vacated the house.

This week the university released new information dealing with the fraternity's disciplinary history.

Pike members on the University of Tennessee campus caused far more trouble and faced more severe punishment than any other fraternity over the past five years.

That's according to documents released by UT officials this week.

One of the most severe violations happened back in January of 2008 when the fraternity was suspended, the only one to face suspension in the five-year period.

Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members admitted to hazing pledges, causing "serious harm or damage to an individual, servitude and blindfolding." Members also refused to provide the names of the brothers involved.

The fraternity violated three rules, including failure to comply, violation of the law and hazing. Pike was suspended for six weeks and placed under three semesters of social probation following that.

There are three levels of penalties for the fraternity system at UT: 

Disciplinary probation - Charges are filed and can be considered if additional incidents occur and further action is initiated against the fraternity.

Social probation - While on social probation, the chapter may not host social events (including, but not limited to, mixers, date parties, formals, band parties) on or off campus. Participation also is prohibited in university-sponsored events such as Homecoming, Greek Week, All-Sing and Carnicus.

Suspension - Chapter cannot continue to operate during time of suspension. Neither the chapter as a whole nor the individuals acting on behalf of the chapter may administer the chapter's pledge program, or host any social events, or participate in intramural, philanthropy, or community service activities. All chapter functions must cease to exist.

In April of 2010, the fraternity was in trouble again after University of Tennessee police officers responded to a report of an intoxicated person at Pi Kappa Alpha. They conducted a walk-through and found empty beer cans inside.

Pike violated two alcohol policies and was placed on two semesters of disciplinary probation.

In October of that year, while still on disciplinary probation, four pledges stole Halloween decorations from a home on Cherokee Boulevard. The homeowner later spotted them on the porch of the fraternity house. 

Two violations led to two semesters of disciplinary probation, plus Pike had to pay restitution.

The following year, in August 2011, a student found a female student lying unconscious on the steps of the fraternity house. Members drove her to the residence hall and falsely identified themselves to staff members when asked for information. 

Two violations led to two semesters of disciplinary probation.

Then, this past August, Pike members were in trouble again after officers responded to an alarm at the house. Someone announced "the cops are here," and the people there put down their drinks and ran from the house. Officers saw several empty containers of alcohol along with what appeared to be a beer pong game.

The fraternity was charged with an alcohol violation and inciting others to violate university policies.

The penalty for these charges was combined with the most recent and most infamous incident at the fraternity - the alleged alcohol enemas.

Early Sept. 22, Knoxville police officers responded to UT Medical Center on the report of an extremely intoxicated person.

The person, later identified as 20-year-old Alexander Broughton, was in critical condition with a blood alcohol level of more than .40.

He was dropped off at the hospital by fraternity members. Another member who arrived later told officers that Broughton's injuries "were caused by his participation in an inherently dangerous and unorthodox alcohol consumption practice utilized by individuals at the house earlier in the evening," according to UT records.

UTPD officers who responded to the Pi Kappa Alpha house found several unconscious men, along with beer cans, alcohol paraphernalia and the plastic containers from boxed wine scattered throughout the house. They also found blood on the floor, in the bathroom, and on toilets and bathroom walls. Police issued 12 citations for underage consumption of alcohol and one citation for disorderly conduct.

Because of the violations from the August incident, combined with this most recent incident, the fraternity was suspended until at least 2015.

Thirteen of the other 20 fraternities also faced discipline over the past five years.

Some of the most serious violations involved hazing.

In February of this year, around 45 members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity engaged in hazing activities. 

"Pledges suffered sleep deprivation; had to drink concoctions made of mustard, ketchup and other condiments, had to drive beeper, and had to clean the chapter house," according to the documents.

The fraternity was on disciplinary probation at the time and was penalized with three semesters of social probation along with four semesters of disciplinary probation. However, Phi Gamma Delta ceased operations at the end of the spring 2012 semester.

On August 13, 2011, UTPD officers were called to the Phi Sigma Kappa house, where they discovered pledges had been "forced to engage in strenuous physical activities, were deprived of food or water, and were forced to eat cigarette butts and ramen noodles with vodka."

The fraternity was disciplined with two semesters of social probation and three semesters of disciplinary probation.

Sigma Nu was charged with hazing back in December of 2008. Chapter members engaged in servitude, mandatory dress code, blindfolding, verbal abuse and provision of alcohol, according to the documents.

The fraternity was placed on three semesters social probation and four semesters disciplinary probation.

The majority of the other documented incidents related to alcohol consumption.

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