University investigating anti-Semitic messages sent to printers

The Department of Public Safety is investigating the anonymous delivery of anti-Semitic messages to several networked printers at Princeton University. Other universities are reporting similar incidents.

Aided by the Office of Information Technology, Public Safety investigators are working to determine who sent the single-page flyers and from where they were sent. University employees in several buildings reported Thursday and Friday that they had found the messages on printers.

Efforts are underway to block any further messages. Public Safety has contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"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."

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

Anyone receiving such messages is asked to contact either Public Safety; Debbie Bazarsky, manager of diversity and inclusion in the Office of Human Resources at (609) 258-9460; Cheri Burgess, director of institutional equity at (609) 258-8504; or the University Hotline at (866) 478-9804.

Incidents of bias, bigotry and hatred are hurtful and can cause stress to members of the community, Minter said. She noted that confidential counseling is available through Counseling and Psychological Services, the Carebridge program and the Office of Religious Life.