KNOXVILLE -- The final Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members have moved out of the chapter house at the University of Tennessee.
Sunday evening was the deadline imposed by the university after it suspended the Zeta chapter of the fraternity until at least 2015. The suspension followed a drunken party Sept. 21 that sent one member to the hospital with a nearly 0.45 percent blood alcohol level amid reports of a wine enema.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/Q7EqU8) reported a discarded big-screen television left on the sidewalk was among a few remnants fraternity members left behind Sunday, after posing for a last photo in front of the building.
About 40 of the chapter's 175 members lived in the house. UT spokeswoman Karen Ann Simsen said none of the members have applied for a spot in campus housing.
Simsen said university police were watching the house overnight and the locks were scheduled to be changed Monday morning.
"I think most of the guys have resigned themselves to the fact -- they're moving on," said Buddy Heins, president of the local Pike housing corporation.
The chapter's president, George Bock, pleaded guilty to eight charges of student conduct violations, including six from the party last month that sent 20-year-old Pike member Alexander Price Broughton of Memphis to the emergency room. The two other charges stemmed from an Aug. 31 discovery of beer cans and bottles, and a beer bong during a UT police walk-through of the house.
Broughton has denied that he received an alcohol enema, though police records dispute that claim. Broughton's father has said his son has recovered and returned to classes.
Meanwhile, the chapter has agreed to surrender its charter as part of a plea. It won't be allowed to reorganize before at least spring 2015, although campus officials could decide to extend the suspension.
Last week, the News Sentinel reported documents released in the wake of the recent incident show the school has leveled sanctions against Greek organizations 30 times since August 2007.
The documents recorded 68 violations against 14 fraternities in that time period involving alcohol, physical abuse, hazing and nudity, according to the newspaper.
In that time, the school has shut down two fraternities, including Pi Kappa Alpha. The documents show that Pi Kappa Alpha had the most reprimands for violations, which included stealing Halloween decorations, hazing and serving alcohol.
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