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GRAPHIC CONTENT: Racist emails sent to U of M students

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Source: U of M students on university's Facebook page Source: U of M students on university's Facebook page
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ANN ARBOR, MI (AP) -

Authorities say they're investigating after some students at the University of Michigan received racist and anti-Semitic emails purportedly from a professor.

The Michigan Daily and The Ann Arbor News report the emails, which were received Tuesday by computer science and engineering undergraduate students, included subjects such as "African American Student Diversity" and "Jewish Student Diversity."

University of Michigan students have taken to the university's Facebook page to post screen shots of the emails they claimed they received.

The computer science and engineering professor whose name was linked to the emails denies sending them. J. Alex Halderman says "the content of these emails is contemptible" and it takes "very little technical sophistication" to forge a sender's email address.

Halderman, urged a recount of presidential election results in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to ensure that a cyberattack hadn't manipulated totals.

School Spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the incident "almost certainly involves a hacker" and is under investigation.

The Michigan Daily says two of the emails included the phrase "Heil Trump." The emails prompted an early-Wednesday protest.

On Wednesday, University President Dr. Mark Schlissel tweeted the following statement: 

The Dean of Engineering, Alec Gallimore, responded this way: Mobile users: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

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