HOUSTON -

The University of Houston has fired three of its police officers for "failing a test of integrity," university officials said Wednesday.

University officials said the officers violated department policy after an investigation into the disappearance for two miniature appliances that fell off the back of a delivery truck on campus.

"I am deeply disappointed by the circumstances that have come to light as a result of our investigation into this incident, which took place Sept. 27," Police Chief Ceaser Moore said.

Officials said the Harris County District Attorney's Office will determine if the officers will face criminal charges.

"We will not tolerate a lapse of integrity, or any action by our police officers that fails to reassure the university community and the public that we are here to protect and serve," said Carl Carlucci, executive vice chancellor/vice president for administration and finance.

The officers have the option of appealing their dismissal.

The officers' names have not been released because the situation is a personnel matter and criminal charges have not been filed.