Parsons, a junior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, told BuzzFeed News that she decided to put up the sign after a swastika was drawn over a "Happy Hanukkah" sign on a resident assistant's door the first week of December. A week after posting the sign in her dorm window, she received an email from a resident director asking her to remove the sign over "issues of inclusion." UMass then responded:
"A poorly worded email from Residence Life staff asking students to take down the sign does not reflect the values of the campus, and it should not have been sent. The university respects the students’ right to display the sign and it may remain up."