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University of Akron students upset over e-mail

AKRON, OH (WOIO) -

A campus controversy at the University of Akron after a school official sent an e-mail to students, but it only went to some of them.

The e-mail was sent out after a rash of crime around the University.  The official claimed he wanted to keep students safe, but all it did was upset the people who received it.

The warning only went to black male students, and also reminded them to "cooperate with police" when stopped.  it goes on to say not to use profanity, don't run and to identify yourself.

Some students give the University credit for not being politically correct saying it's not degrading, it's just asking for help.

The e-mail is part of a campus-wide safety program after a recent rash of robberies.  The idea for the e-mail came from students at a campus-wide summit.

Other students say, if they want to do something, why not just strengthen security?

Here is a copy of the e-mail that went out:

"As you may be aware, a series of robberies have occurred around campus over the last few weeks particularly on the south and east ends of campus.  Although, most of these crimes have not been committed by University of Akron students, the primary suspects have been African American Males between the ages of 18-23. 

Your safety as well as the safety of all UA students is of utmost concern.  As a result of these robberies, The University of Akron Police Department is actively addressing this issue and working to make the campus and the surrounding areas safe for all students. 

Furthermore, as African American Male students, it is critical to ensure you that you are not a target based on race and gender.  However, to ensure your safety, I advise you to be aware of your surroundings at all times. 

In the event that you are stopped by the police, here are a few tips to follow:

      Cooperate fully with questions

      Identify yourself as a UA student and please carry identification with you at all times

      Even if you are angered, refrain from using profanity as you could be charged with disorderly conduct

      Do not run from the police as you could be charged with a crime

However, in the event that you believe you have been treated unfairly or in an inappropriate manner, please call (330) 330-972-2911 tel:330-972-2911 to make a formal complaint or feel free to contact my office at (330) 972-8289."

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