Officials: Student accused of racist messages offered admission to UPenn in May

- Officials say one of the students accused of sending racist messages to UPenn students was offered admission to UPenn, accepted the offer in May, but chose not to attend.

READ MORE: UPenn officials release update on racist messages sent to first-year black students

According to officials, having accepted Penn's admission offer, he was invited to join and access the private Facebook group created for the Class of 2020, which is a common practice among many colleges and universities. Officials say utilizing this access, he obtained the contact information of some black first-year students who had shared their information with the Facebook group. Officials say the student added those individual students to the racist, GroupMe message thread without their permission or knowledge.

University of Oklahoma President David  Boren says one of the students involved in a racist incident at the University of Pennsylvania "is no longer enrolled" at OU.

Boren said in a statement Tuesday the university has "zero tolerance" for those who take part in racism and the student was temporarily suspended. Boren also said OU will maintain a strong sense of community that values and respects all students.
 The Associated Press and other local media outlets have identified several reports of racist incidents at schools since Donald Trump was elected president.
  That includes adding a number of black Penn freshmen to a racist group chat that involved the Oklahoma student. Penn is Trump's alma mater.
   Boren said in a previous statement university officials were investigating and that it appeared the matter did not originate at the University of Oklahoma.
 Three people in Oklahoma had reportedly been linked to the GroupMe messages.
 Penn president Amy Gutmann had said the chat contained "violent, racist and thoroughly disgusting images and messages," and Penn wass "appalled" its students were added to the GroupMe account. She said UPenn police worked with the FBI and found no UPenn students were associated with sending the racist messages.
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