Ryerson President Sheldon Levy said administrators will meet with leaders of the Ryerson Engineering Student Society after students vying to lead the group's 2013 frosh week were made to crawl through slush in their underwear Thursday, when temperatures were below freezing, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.
Video of the event posted online shows leaders of the event spraying the underwear-clad students with water guns and at one point a male student is seen slapping a crawling female student on the buttocks.
"The university is categorical in affirming it does not condone student conduct that demeans individuals in any way, and I am making clear our shock and anger in the face of this departure from dignity," Levy said in a statement on the school's website. "We have very strong policies in place that have been invoked immediately to deal with those involved."
Rose Ghamari, president of the Ryerson Engineering Student Society, said the event was "kind of like a preparation to have them get a feel of how it's going to be during frosh week."
"Our intention was never to have anyone crawl through the slush. That was not the purpose of the event," Ghamari said.