It almost seems like the school was looking for an excuse to cancel. This is so petty.

The College Fix reports:

Libertarian students: American U canceled our event because we called it a ‘meeting’

Last night’s “Unsafe Space” event sponsored by the British online magazine Spiked was supposed to be held in an auditorium at American University, but student organizers were forced to move it to Reason magazine’s much smaller space on short notice.

The reason, according to one of those organizers? The private university got nitpicky about how it was classified.

The chair of the D.C. chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, Annamarie Rienzi, says the administration kicked out the panel discussion because organizers termed it a “meeting” instead of an “event,” according to Reason:

But this is standard practice for YAL and other student groups, she says, when a talk or panel does not involve bringing paid speakers to campus or providing refreshments.

The College Fix sent American media relations a second request to explain the cancellation Friday. The school has not commented since organizers announced the venue change Wednesday.

Elizabeth Nolan Brown, associate editor at Reason and one of the panelists, suggests that pressure by the campus chapter of the American Association of University Women, which organized against the “hate speech” event, might have played a role in the administration’s nitpicking.


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