The University of Akron community should be aware of a serious issue that is receiving media attention.
Warrants for the arrest of six University of Akron students were issued today on criminal charges of 1st degree misdemeanor assault and 4th degree misdemeanor hazing. All the students charged are members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
The charges involve alleged actions that took place during an unofficial membership intake process. As soon as a University official became aware of these allegations, an investigation began. Within a few days, the University suspended all activities of the fraternity. University Police have been working with the Prosecutor's office throughout the investigation.
We have released the following statement to the media:
The criminal charges being filed today are the result of an investigation by The University of Akron Police Department (UAPD), acting on an anonymous tip. Based on the information gathered during the investigation, the University suspended the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity on January 31, essentially halting all fraternity activities, including new member intake. Hazing of any kind is not tolerated. As a University community we are deeply disturbed and saddened when any of our students suffer harm, and we will continue to support any victims in this pending case. As the case is now in the hands of the Prosecutor, we will not comment further on the specific criminal charges.