Things have gotten worse for the five University of Mississippi fraternity brothers who were arrested following an alleged beating of a student from a rival fraternity.
Late last week, the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity cut ties with all five students. “One member was expelled and four new members were dismissed,” the fraternity said in a statement. “The International Fraternity supports the expulsion and removal of these individuals.”
But being booted from the fraternity may be the least of the students’ worries. Despite some reports that the students would face no punishment from the school, a university spokesman tells PEOPLE that disciplinary action is still a possibility.
Danny Blanton, the University’s Director of Public Relations, tells PEOPLE that case is being reviewed by the school’s Judicial Council. “It’s an ongoing investigation, and this is separate from the criminal charges against them,” says Blanton.
Blanton also emphasizes that the students’ alleged actions were not part of Pi Kappa Alpha’s official function. “The investigation is about them personally, not as part of the fraternity,” Blanton says.
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According to a university police report obtained by PEOPLE, the five students assaulted fellow student Jeremy Boyle around 4 a.m. on Oct. 6 at the Sigma Pi fraternity house. Boyle suffered “a concussion, several broken teeth, a ruptured eardrum and a lung contusion.”
According to Blanton, the altercation was about a statue of a donkey that the Pi Kappa Alpha members were trying to take from the rival frat house.
Police arrested Tucker Cole Steil, 18, for felony assault. The police report alleges that Steil struck Boyle with his “hands, fists, and feet,” causing serious injuries.
Four other freshman were charged with various misdemeanors: James Declane Basile is charged with simple assault, theft and hazing. The remaining three students – Christian Guy, Kyle Hughes, and Austin Rice – are each charged with theft.
All five have yet to enter pleas to the charges against them.