Harvard officials reportedly denounce 'deeply disturbing' anti-Semitic flyers

Harvard administrators are denouncing “deeply disturbing” flyers that invited students to join a new club using anti-Semitic statements.

The Harvard Crimson reports that students in all nine River Houses dormitories received sealed invitations Friday soliciting them to join “The Pigeon,” the university’s newest purported social club. The invitation, which bore a crest of a griffin and a laurel wreath, listed three principles – inclusion, diversity and love, each with asterisked notes.

“Jews need not apply,” one footnote read. “Coloreds OK.”

Another footnote simply read “Rophynol,” a misspelled rendering of rohypnol, the date rape drug commonly known as roofies, the newspaper reports.

The "deeply disturbing" mock invitations, according to the student newspaper, drew swift reactions from university employees.

“As dean of the college, and as an educator, I find these flyers offensive,” Evelynn Hammonds wrote in a statement. “They are not a reflection of the values of our community. 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.”

Although "The Pigeon" is not sanctioned by the school, there have been some controversial student groups that have gained official recognition. Last week, the Crimson reported that "Harvard Munch," a social group for students who like to discuss kinky sex, was recognized by the school's Committee on Student Life.

Harvard spokesman Jeff Neal told the school recognizes more than 400 independent student organizations.

“The college does not endorse the views or activities of any independent student organization,” Neal told “Rather, it ensures that independent student organizations remain in compliance with all applicable provisions of the Handbook for Students.”

"The Pigeon" would appear to be ineligible for official recognition, as Neal said groups must agree to the school’s nondiscrimination policy in order to be considered by the committee.

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