SYRACUSE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Five students are suing Syracuse University for disciplinary actions related to videos of a private event where fraternity members used racial slurs and simulated a sexual assault of a disabled person.

The federal lawsuit filed anonymously Tuesday by five Theta Tau members accuses the university of ignoring their rights and proper procedures in suspending them and subjecting them to “ridicule and scorn.” It seeks at least $1 million in damages for each student and restoration of their good academic standing.

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After the student newspaper revealed videos last week, the university expelled the fraternity, and 18 unidentified members face disciplinary charges. The lawsuit says the videos show a satirical “roast” that wasn’t for public viewing.

A spokeswoman says the university doesn’t comment on pending litigation but stands by its actions.

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  1. As a Syracuse University alum I can honestly say that it is absolutely ridiculous that brothers of Theta Tau think the repercussions of their actions are worthy of a lawsuit against the University. I speak for many when I say that their behavior was not only repulsive but a gross representation of what Syracuse University stands for. They should without a doubt be held accountable for their actions. Their side of the story does not take back what they said nor does it change the fact that they did what they did.

    As far as I’m concerned, their punishment is valid. The fact that the brothers of Theta Tau believe they deserve any form of monetary gain is sickening. Bad behavior should not be rewarded and I am hopeful that in time the brothers of Theta Tau will understand how horrific their behavior was. They should spend the rest of their lives apologizing for what they did and facing the consequences of their actions.

    – Chloe Slade

    Oh, and a side-note to all: Treat people the way you want to be treated. Be the person who stops hazing, bullying and disrespectful behavior. Breaking people down is and will always be unacceptable. Walk away from what is wrong and go speak up for what is right.

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