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OXFORD, MS -

(WMC-TV) – While you were sleeping, protests were forming on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Mississippi.

Reports originally came into Action News 5 that "riots" were brewing on the college campus.

According to Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones, university police were first notified of the demonstrations when 30 to 40 students gathered at the union. Within the next 20 minutes, the group had grown to more than 100 students.

Word of the protests snowballed on social networking sites overnight. Photos were posted all over Twitter, and a video was even uploaded to YouTube.

Photos show huge group of people on the campus, some even lighting Obama-Biden signs on fire, in response to the presidential election results.

According to people on the scene, students were heckling one another and racial slurs were even yelled out in the crowd.

Early reports suggested rocks were being thrown at cars, but the chancellor says that part of the story is not true.

"Unfortunately, early news reports quoted social media comments that were inaccurate. Too, some photographs published in social media portrayed events that police did not observe on campus," said Chancellor Jones in a written statement. "Nevertheless, the reports of uncivil language and shouted racial epithets appear to be accurate and are universally condemned by the university, student leaders and the vast majority of students who are more representative of our university creed."

Ole Miss journalism student Margaret Ann Morgan posted the following comments to Twitter, "Students of all races yelling on rebel drive. Lots of racial slurs."

Morgan also mentioned she is ashamed at what she saw and heard on her campus following the election.

However, Nicholas Carr claims no rocks were thrown and the majority of the people at the protests were there to see what was going on.

"I was there the whole time. No rocks were thrown. There was 1 sign lit on fire. For about 45 seconds," Carr said. "Mostly, it was 100s of college kids who heard the word riot and ran to take pictures and see what it was about. Again, no rocks or missiles thrown."

The students were ordered to go back to their dormitories, but about 100 protestors gathered again at one of the residence halls.

Two arrests were made for disorderly conduct, including one for public intoxication and another for failure to comply with officers.

No injuries were reported as a result of the mass demonstrations on the Ole Miss campus.

"We are initiating a thorough review of this incident to determine the facts and any follow-up actions that may be necessary," said Chancellor Jones.

Read Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones' full statement by clicking here.

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