“UCLA has decided to also pay the basic security costs for this event”
The College Republicans, who invited Shapiro, complained about the fees and the school dropped them.
Campus Reform reports:
UCLA caves, agrees to pay for security at Shapiro event
The University of California, Los Angeles will no longer require a conservative student group to pay extra security fees for an upcoming speech featuring alumnus Ben Shapiro.
The response from UCLA was given within the time constraints presented by the original demand letter sent by the Bruin Republicans last week with help from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which warned that the school had until Friday to respond in order to avoid legal action.
“Given UCLA’s commitment to free speech, and to avoid any appearance to the contrary, UCLA has decided to also pay the basic security costs for this event,” campus spokesman Tod Tamberg told KPCC radio. “UCLA will be adopting this approach going forward while it reviews its current policy to ensure that it continues to be a useful planning tool for UCLA and registered student organizations.”
The Bruin Republicans had publicly objected not only to the assessment of security fees, but also to the so-called “70/30” policy, which would hold the club’s individual officers responsible for paying security fees if UCLA students do not account for at least 70 percent of the audience.
Bruin Republicans Vice President Tyler Fowlkes pointed out to Campus Reform that not only would this policy put the individual officers at an unfair risk, but the group would likely “also end up having to pay for a third-party service to audit and track” the ratio of student to non-student attendees.
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