“I admit the language was inappropriate, and apologize for any affront to anyone’s delicate sensibilities,” Lewin wrote.

But she said the group’s email contained several statements that were “extremely offensive, nearly rising to the level of obscenity.” She said she was upset that Republicans used the “coming out” language to describe the week given what she called their general disdain for gay rights. She said the email also mocked labor protesters in Wisconsin and animal rights.

The university distributed the College Republicans’ message Monday to all students and employees under a policy that allows student groups to send one such blanket email per semester. The GOP group is hosting several events as part of an annual drive to recruit more members, who are often outnumbered in Iowa City, a liberal college town.