A University of Tennessee student has been released from the hospital after an incident involving alcohol at a fraternity house on campus Saturday.
Alexander Broughton, 20, was dropped off at UT Medical Center around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Knoxville Police said.
Hospital staff told investigators that Broughton was in critical condition and unresponsive when he arrived, with a blood alcohol content level above 0.4, which is considered toxic and potentially deadly.
Broughton has since been discharged from the hospital, according to UT Medical Center.
Investigators went to campus and found several other people, including three men, passed out at the Pi Kappa Alpha (“Pike”) house.
After conducting several interviews, investigators determined the fraternity members had used rubber tubing to give each other alcohol enemas. Police said the practice heightens and speeds up the process of alcohol entering the blood stream because it bypasses filtering by the liver.
Even more disturbing is the fact authorities are unsure if this was a hazing incident or if Broughton engaged in the unusual behavior on his own.
The stunt could have serious repercussions for the fraternity.
“University officials are currently conducting an investigation into allegations involving the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity chapter and incidents that occurred over the weekend. Due to the gravity of the allegations, interim sanctions have already been imposed upon the chapter and will remain in effect until the investigation is concluded and final reports are available.”
The university has not explained the conditions of the interim sanctions.