CLEVELAND - Fliers containing links to a neo-Nazi website were found outside several Case Western Reserve University buildings, according to a police report.
The fliers found Tuesday morning contained links to the website for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi, white supremacist and Holocaust denial commentary and message board website, the police report says.
University employees found the fliers on exterior doors outside the Mather House, Howe House and Adelbert Hall, the police report says.
The CWRU police department checked security cameras in an attempt to determine who posted the fliers, but they were inconclusive, a university spokesman said.
“We condemn these posters as a cowardly attempt to intimidate and divide,” the university said in a statement. “Case Western Reserve continues to be committed to its core values of diversity and inclusion, and opposes prejudice and discrimination of all kinds.”
The Daily Stormer has been widely condemned for the rhetoric posted on its website. Earlier this month, a federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the Daily Stormer of a “terror campaign” of online harassment against a Jewish real estate agent.
The Daily Stormer was also forced to change its Web hosts after it posted an article that mocked Heather Heyer, the woman killed last year at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The fliers were found weeks after Case Western Reserve officials removed two swastikas found in men’s bathroom stalls of a classroom building. Their discoveries caused Vice President of Student Affairs Lou Stark to pen a letter to students, strongly rebuking hateful symbols and threatening language.
“I am appalled by the cowardly malice the actions on our campus represent. Those who engage in such conduct should remember that it not only is contrary to our values, but also university policies,” Stark wrote.
Colleges across the U.S. have also seen a rise in anti-Semitic incidents on campus. The Anti-Defamation League reported a 57 percent increase in such incidents in 2017 compared to 2016 – the largest single-year increase since the ADL began tracking the data in the 1970s.
The Anti-Defamation League said last year that white supremacists launched an outreach effort to attract and recruit college students. Five incidents of supremacists targeting campuses in Ohio were listed in the ADL’s data, including two at Ohio State University and single events at Kent State, Miami and Ohio universities.