Racist and anti-Semitic fliers similar to ones distributed recently at other universities were found posted on some Princeton University buildings yesterday and were removed after school officials received a complaint about them.
The flier, which included anti-immigrant, racist and anti-Semitic comments, were found 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, school officials said.
Someone contacted the school’s department of public safety to report the fliers. The caller said a person wearing a ski mask and dark clothing was seen taping the fliers to doors. The fliers listed the web address and phone number for a white nationalist organization.
“Princeton is committed to protecting and promoting free expression, but it regards actions that are threatening or harassing based on identity as serious offenses,” wrote Michele Minter, vice provost for institutional equity and diversity, in an email to the campus community.
“These flyers were contrary to the values of the University, which seeks to create and maintain an environment free from discrimination and harassment,” she wrote. “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 working with other law enforcement agencies in an attempt to determine who is responsible, school officials said.
Hours after Princeton officials sent out the email about the fliers, a white nationalist group named Vanguard America tweeted out a flier that singled out Princeton University’s Jewish student population. The flier also targeted immigrants, people from Arab countries, bi-racial children and women.
Anyone who finds similar fliers on campus or has information about the case is asked to report them to Princeton University’s public safety department at 609-658-1000 or the Princeton University Hotline at (866) 478-9804.