Princeton University Investigating Anti-Semitic Messages Sent to Printers

Princeton University officials are investigating the anonymous delivery of anti-Semitic messages to several networked printers at the school. Other universities are reporting similar incidents, school officials said.

The school’s public safety department is trying to determine who sent single-page flyers to the printers, and from where they were sent. University employees in several buildings reported Thursday and Friday that they had found the messages on their printers. Efforts are underway to block any further messages.

“Princeton regards any actions making the atmosphere intimidating, threatening or hostile to individuals as serious offenses,” said Michele Minter, vice provost for institutional equity and inclusion. “These flyers are offensive and contrary to the values of the University, which is committed to creating and maintaining 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.”

Minter said incidents of bias, bigotry and hatred are hurtful and can cause stress to members of the community, and that confidential counseling is available through the school’s counseling and psychological services, Carebridge program and the office of religious life.

Anyone with knowledge of the distribution of the messages is asked to contact the Department of Public Safety at (609) 258-1000.