Officials: GVSU Student Impersonated Faculty In Emails
ALLENDALE (WWJ/AP) – Officials say a Grand Valley State University student impersonated faculty or administrators in email messages sent to students and other staff.
A statement posted this week on the Allendale school’s website says its police department has been investigating several reported cases.
In a statement, GVSU Police Department Capt. Brandon DeHaan said the emails were coming from a Gmail account, and that search warrants had been issued to find the individual responsible for the “email misrepresentation,” Mlive.com reported.
Evidence led investigators to a current Grand Valley State University student, who they say was interviewed and confessed. School officials declined to release the student’s name.
The case is expected to be reviewed by the Ottawa County prosecutor’s office to determine if criminal charges will be filed. The student also could face disciplinary action from the school.
The university first announced that the emails were being sent last week. Detail on the content of the emails wasn’t immediately released. Reports say the emails were sent in order to set up fake meetings in an attempt to cancel classes.
School officials say “any official notification of class cancellations or university closure will be sent through Grand Valley’s official emergency notification system and will appear on the university’s home page and official social media outlets.”
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