College Students Face Hate Crimes Charges for Beating Outside Jewish Fraternity House

Police issued arrest warrants Monday for four Temple University students charged with beating a man outside the former location of a Jewish fraternity, and categorized the attack as a hate crime.

Investigators said the students used anti-Semitic slurs during the beating Feb. 15 outside the former Alpha Epsilon Pi house. The chapter of the international Jewish fraternity moved recently to a new location.

The victim, who wasn't a Temple student, was seriously hurt, school officials said.

The four students were suspended. School officials said they were awaiting results of the police investigation before deciding whether to expel them.

"Hate crimes will not be tolerated by Temple University," school President Ann Weaver Hart said in a message sent to students and staff. "All manifestations of intolerance threaten the fabric of our institution and our society."

Officials from Temple, the prosecutor's office and police declined to release further details.