NEWARK, Del. (CBS) – Police are investigating a possible hate crime following an assault at an off-campus party allegedly involving University of Delaware students.

It happened on North Chapel Street around 6 p.m. Friday. Investigators say a 23-year-old man was assaulted by several people at the party.

Witnesses tell police the suspects, who are believed to be University of Delaware students, were heard using derogatory statements in reference to the victim’s sexual orientation.

The victim suffered a leg injury and was taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment.

University officials say they are taking the appropriate measures to ensure any offenders are held accountable for their actions.

“The offensive language reportedly used in the incident stands in stark contrast to UD’s core values of diversity and equality,” the university said in a statement.

Newark Police says the crime may lead to a hate crime charge, in addition to the assault charge.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Newark Police at 302- 366-7111.