Students at Harvard University awoke Friday morning to inflammatory club invitations slid under their doors that stated, “Jews need not apply,” “No f–king Jews” and “Coloreds OK,” student newspaper the Harvard Crimson reported.
The invitations were for “The Pigeon,” said to be “Harvard’s Newest Final Club.” Final clubs are exclusive social clubs not recognized by the university.
Three virtues listed at the top of the invitation were “inclusion,” “diversity” and “love,” each with the following caveats: “inclusion” (“Jews need not apply”); “diversity” (“Seriously, no f–king Jews. Coloreds OK”); and “love” (“Rophynol” — a misspelling of the date rape drug Rohypnol, or “roofies.”)
The invitation contained information for the club’s first event, set for 11:02 p.m. at a frozen yogurt shop on Dec. 13, with “semi-bro attire required.”
It was unclear precisely how many students received the invitations, or whether they were legitimate or some kind of prank. The Crimson reported they were distributed in all nine undergraduate “River Houses.”
In a statement to TheBlaze, Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds called the invitations “deeply disturbing” and said while the university is committed to safeguarding free expression, that should not be mistaken “for the tacit approval of all speech that occurs on our campus.”
“As dean of the college, and as an educator, I find these flyers offensive,” Hammonds said. “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.”
Word of the invitations comes just after the university granted a BDSM sex club official school recognition.