Swastika sprayed on AEPi fraternity party house at Brandeis University

The Brandeis University seal. Credit: Brandeis University.

(JNS.org) Students at Massachusetts-based Brandeis University reported finding a swastika drawn on a house where the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) was hosting a party on Friday night.

Lisa M. Lynch, the university's interim president, wrote in an email to students on Saturday that “crude graffiti involving a swastika [was] outlined in condensation on a window at a house where several Brandeis students live off-campus, and where an unofficial event hosted by a Jewish group was being held.”

Lynch called the spraying of the graffiti a “heinous act” that violated the university’s values and went against its “Jewish heritage.” During its founding era, Brandeis—a Jewish-sponsored nonsectarian school—was known for embracing Jewish students when mainstream American universities had quotas for accepting Jews.

AEPi spokespeople confirmed the incident, but did not give further details.

Posted on April 4, 2016 .