Students at Harvard University received sealed invitations under their doors early Friday morning professing to come from “Harvard’s Newest Final Club”, with inflammatory statements that included “Jews need not apply” and “Coloreds OK.”
The flyers invited the students to the inaugural event of a new undergraduate social club, or finals club, called The Pigeon, the Harvard Crimson student newspaper reported.
According to the paper, “The invitation listed three virtues, each with asterisked notes. The first principle, ‘Inclusion,’ came with the footnote, ‘Jews need not apply.’ The second, 'Diversity,' was followed by the words, 'Seriously, no f***ing Jews. Coloreds OK.' And the third, ‘Love,’ directed readers to the term ‘Rophynol’—a misspelled rendering of rohypnol, the date rape drug better known as roofies.”
Eight all-male and five all-female Harvard finals clubs, which are not officially recognized by the university, have been accused of promoting "an exclusive and dangerous social environment," according to the Crimson.
The dean of Harvard College, Evelynn M, Hammonds, wrote in an email statement on Friday that the flyers were “deeply disturbing” to her and others in the Harvard community.
“As Dean of the College, and as an educator, I find these flyers offensive. They are not a reflection of the values of our community,” Hammonds wrote. “Even if intended as satirical in nature, they are hurtful and offensive to many students, faculty and staff, and do not demonstrate the level of thoughtfulness and respect we expect at Harvard when engaging difficult issues within our community.”
In addition, two Northeastern University students vandalized a menorah on Northeastern’s campus early Friday morning, the paper reported. They were later identified in a surveillance video and will face disciplinary action. No evidence has been reported to suggest a link between the two incidents.