April 27, 2017

University Investigates Racist, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Immigrant Flyers

Investigations continue into the case of anti-Semitic, racist, and anti-immigrant flyers found on the Princeton University campus last Thursday, April 20. Taped to a door at Stanhope Hall, to the main entrance of the Center for Jewish Life, to a Murray Dodge door, and in East Pyne Hall, the flyers were similar to those recently reported at other universities. 

They were found and removed after a caller alerted the University Department of Public Safety that someone was seen taping up one of the flyers. The caller described the person as wearing a ski mask and dark clothing. The flyers listed the URL and phone number for a white nationalist organization.

In a statement sent to members of the University community, Vice Provost for institutional Equity and Diversity Michele Minter wrote, “Princeton is committed to protecting and promoting free expression, but it regards actions that are threatening or harassing based on identity as serious offenses. These flyers were contrary to the values of the University, which seeks to create and maintain an environment free from discrimination and harassment. Princeton attaches great importance to mutual respect, and we deplore expressions of hatred directed against any individual or group.”

Public Safety is investigating the case as a bias incident and is conferring with other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to determine who is responsible. Anyone who finds such flyers on campus or has information about the case is asked to report them to Public Safety at (609) 658-1000 or the University Hotline at (866) 478-9804.