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UConn police provided the following photo of Anya Bargh, 32. UConn police provided the following photo of Anya Bargh, 32.
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A University of Connecticut law student accused of allegedly making anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic comments to university officials appeared in court Wednesday.

Anya Bargh, 32, was arrested last week.

Police said the arrest stems from anti-Semitic emails she sent to the Student Bar Association. In response to suggestions for a new dean, authorities said Bargh wrote, "Let's celebrate diversity by having the next dean not be Jewish."

According to arrest papers, the three professors worried her online attacks were ruining their reputations, and one of them told campus police.

"The bizarre combination of violent sexual imagery and homophobic slurs represents a direct and vicious attack on him, and her continued fixation on wanting to see him lose his job makes him afraid of what else she would do - beyond fabricating criminal and sexual harassment charges," one professor told police.

After the shootings in Newtown, Aurora and Virginia Tech, he said he is concerned her actions could eventually escalate into even bigger attacks.

"When he heard about these comments, he became very upset and afraid for his safety and the safety of his family," one teacher told authorities.

Court officials said Bargh has already been banned from campus but is still technically a student there.

Police said that when they started investigating the incident further, they found Bargh's two Yahoo! Flickr accounts. One, they said, included violent photos and inappropriate comments to three of her professors.

One said, "I hate you so much I would like to see you butchered," according to the arrest warrant.

Also in the warrant, the professors told police their negative encounters with Bargh began when she received a bad grade or mistook their help as unwanted sexual advancements.

"I can understand being upset about grades," said UConn law student Sarah Ricciardi. "But never heard of a threat or commentary like that."

First-year UConn law student Michael Pellin said he has had a "great experience" with all the professors on campus.

"I think it's too bad, not representative of the university or the law school whatsoever," Pellin said.

Calls and emails to university police, the dean and her professors on Bargh's status with UConn were not immediately returned.

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