The flyer invited students to an introductory club event, listing three virtues: “inclusion,” with the footnote of “Jews need not apply”; “diversity,” followed by the words “Seriously, no f*ing Jews. Coloreds OK”; and “Love,” which directed students to the word “Rophynol,” a misspelled version of the date rape drug rohypnol, according to the Harvard Crimson.
Although some at the Ivy League school in Cambridge, Mass., believe the flyers intended as a satire of Harvard’s exclusively male “final clubs,” many condemned their language.
“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. 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,” the dean of Harvard College, Evelynn M. Hammonds, said in a statement.
Eight all-male and five all-female Harvard final clubs—organizations not officially recognized by the university—have been accused of potentially distributing the flyers, according to Crimson, but officials are still investigating.