“students were notified barely six weeks in advance”
We never see exorbitant security fees like this charged to liberal groups or speakers. Isn’t that interesting?
The Washington Examiner reports:
UC Merced charges College Republicans $17,000 for Ben Shapiro event
The College Republicans of the University of California, Merced sent a letter to Chancellor Dorothy Leland earlier this week, threatening a lawsuit over an unconstitutional security fee levied on the club to host a speech by Ben Shapiro on April 12.
Despite the fact that the UC Merced College Republicans met multiple times with administrators to plan the event, the students were notified barely six weeks in advance of the $17,000 fee.
Freedom X law firm, which has represented a number of conservative students and organizations in free speech cases, argues that the school’s security fee is a violation of the students’ constitutional rights to free speech and assembly.
Harry Duran, president of the UC Merced College Republicans, told Red Alert Politics, “Even though we are a campus organization/club, the administration claimed that they had nothing on the books that forces them to pay for our exorbitant security cost.”
According to Duran, the school has since reduced the security fee to $1,823, but Freedom X’s founder William Becker and the College Republicans have promised to fight until it is completely overturned.
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