An as yet unidentified source left flyers for a new "final club" under the doors of Harvard University students Friday that read "No f--king Jews."
According to the Harvard Crimson, students living in the nine River Houses located south of Harvard Yard near the Charles River received sealed invitations under their doors early Friday morning inviting them to attend “Harvard’s Newest Final Club.”
A final club is a social organization at Harvard so named because it is the last such entity a student can join before graduating.
The invitation had three highly inflammatory footnotes: “Jews need not apply"; “Seriously, no f--king Jews. Coloreds OK,” and; “Rophynol” - a misspelling of rohypnol, the date rape drug better known as roofies.
Attendees were instructed to wear “Semi-Bro Attire” to the gathering to be held at a frozen yogurt shop on December 13 at 11:02 PM - two minutes after closing time! - and to send regrets to a room in Mather House.
A student who lives in the suite that includes the room listed on the flyer told the Crimson on the condition of anonymity that she and her suitemates were not involved in creating or distributing the invitations and had no knowledge of who was behind the flyers.
As word of the invitations spread through the school, officials thought this might have been the work of the satirical Harvard Lampoon.
The Lampoon's president, Owen T. L. Bates, told the Crimson his organization had “nothing to do with” the flyers calling them “basely crass” as opposed to the Lampoon’s style of “pretentiously crass” humor.
Even so, he was asked to meet with Interim Associate Dean of Student Life David R. Friedrich prompted in part by speculation in the comments section of an earlier version the Crimson's article on this matter that the Lampoon, a semi-secret social organization that used to publish a humor magazine, may have been responsible for the flyers.
Harvard Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds wrote in an emailed statement 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,” she 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.”