The 2012-2013 academic year was another grand slam for Muzzle-worthy behavior at Harvard. Whether they were snooping on faculty email accounts, ordering Crimson reporters to alter administrators’ quotes before publication, or requiring all incoming freshman to undergo “sensitivity training,”  Harvard administrators took every opportunity to remind the world that freedom of speech and thought are not welcome on their storied campus.

Perhaps the most telling incident of the past year was the Harvard community’s reaction to the circulation of a flyer satirizing the school’s final clubs. Final clubs are essentially fraternities that operate without official recognition. Many date back to the years just after the nation’s founding and have a well-earned reputation for being exclusionary Old Boys’ Clubs. The flyers advertised a fake, new final club, called the “Pigeon Club,” and offered pointed, though arguably tasteless, criticism of Harvard’s lip service to “inclusion” and “diversity,” as well as its long and well-documented history of racism, anti-Semitism and sexism.

The thought police on the administrative payroll took issue with the content of the flyers. “Even if intended as satirical in nature, they are hurtful and offensive to many students, faculty and staff,” wrote soon-to-resign Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds of the “deeply disturbing” flyers. What’s more deeply disturbing than satirical pieces of paper is Harvard’s continuing lack of institutional commitment to free speech.