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Leaked video shows University of Miami frat members engaging in 'nasty' hazing act, investigation launched
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Leaked video shows University of Miami frat members engaging in 'nasty' hazing act, investigation launched

Fraternity members at the University of Miami were caught in a leaked video of the young men allegedly engaging in a "nasty" hazing act in broad daylight. The University of Miami has confirmed the authenticity of the video and said an investigation has been launched.

The leaked video footage obtained by WTVJ shows multiple shirtless frat members on campus. One of the fraternity members is squatting in a trash can. The other members appear to be chugging milk from a gallon container. The three men take turns spitting and vomiting the liquid on the individual in the trash can.

During the unsettling video, the person recording the video is heard saying, "That's nasty!"

The University of Miami confirmed the authenticity of the appalling video and identified the fraternity as Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

"The University of Miami has received multiple reports related to alleged conduct violations by one of our fraternity chapters," the school said in a statement. "We are aware of videos being circulated but can only confirm the authenticity of one video. A full investigation is underway."

The fraternity's national chapter told CBS News, "The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity Service Center has received a report related to an alleged incident involving our Chapter at The University of Miami. We have placed our Chapter on a Cease & Desist and are working jointly with the University to investigate."

The University of Miami has an "absolute prohibition on hazing."

The school defines hazing as: "An action or situation created on or off campus which recklessly or intentionally harms, damages, or endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purposes of, including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating within the University of Miami."

According to the school's Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, "Students who are complicit to hazing will be charged with violating the university's complicity policy," and violators could face expulsion.

The University of Miami notes that students may not consent to being hazed.

In Florida, a person who commits an act of hazing upon another person who is a member of or an applicant to any type of student organization could be charged with a misdemeanor of the first degree or a felony of the third degree — depending on how severe the bodily injury is or whether the act results in death.

The state of Florida defines hazing as: "Any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student" who is seeking "initiation into any organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution, admission into any organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution, affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution, or the perpetuation or furtherance of a tradition or ritual of any organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution."

The Chad Meredith Act — signed into law in 2005 — was named after UM student Chad Meredith. He drowned in 2001 while trying to swim across Lake Osceola after drinking alcohol with two Kappa Sigma officers. At the time of his death, Meredith had a blood alcohol content level of 0.13.

A civil jury ordered Kappa Sigma to pay Meredith's family $12 million in damages. No criminal charges were filed in the deadly incident.

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