Adrienne Hopkins, a 28-year-old MBA student at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School who had seen the messages, told The Huffington Post that the name of the group changed throughout the day, and that at one point it was called "Trump lovers".
The freshman students were added to a "repugnant" account on the popular messaging app GroupMe that contained "violent, racist and thoroughly disgusting images and messages", according to a joint statement released today by University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli.
She said that Penn Police have been working with the FBI and their counterparts in Oklahoma and will continue to do so as the investigation continues.
Hours later, reports surfaced that the messages were sent by a student at the University of Oklahoma, who has now been suspended, according to a report from KOCO News 5 in Oklahoma City.
The GroupMe, titled "Nigger Lynching", first surfaced Friday morning, when black freshmen students at Penn discovered they had been added to it without their knowledge.
Sam White, a recent graduate of Villanova, also shared an image of messages from a group called "Mud Men" making references to Nazi salutes and racist terms.
The calendar feature in the app had also scheduled several "n-gger lynchings", as subsequent messages named at least 161 targeted students. "The University is also taking every step possible to address both the source of the racist material and the impact it has had on Black students ocampus".
"This is a problem of informational security and informational literacy, because how did these people get information on all these students, and how quickly were they able to add them", Harry said.
Update, 5:15 November 11: University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has released a statement decrying the group as "profoundly inimical to what we stand for as a university". Staff. are trying to determine exactly how many students were impacted and how best to provide support.
Raw Story has been compiling a list that is now just under 100 incidents of assault, overt racism and intimidation coming from Donald Trump supporters following the election.