College Republicans at Southern New Hampshire U. Claim School Restricted Speaker Due to ‘Controversial Speakers’ Policy
“they limited it to SNHU students only, which reduced the number of people who could attend”
This sort of thing never seems to happen to people on the left. Only conservatives are branded as controversial.
The College Fix reports:
College Republicans allege speaker was restricted due to fear of controversy
The College Republicans at Southern New Hampshire University, along with a national free speech group, want clarity on the approval process to host speakers on campus this semester.
The controversy stems from comments that events administrator Denise Morin allegedly made to Kyle Urban, the president of the student GOP group, when the group hosted Republican congressional candidate Karoline Leavitt.
“We were first made aware of this ‘controversial speakers’ policy when we were trying to host [New Hampshire Republican] Karoline Leavitt who is running for U.S. Congress,” Urban told NH Journal. “The administration eventually let us host an event with her.”
“But they limited it to SNHU students only, which reduced the number of people who could attend.”
Morin allegedly told Urban that the “university must substantively review and approve all proposed speakers to ensure they are ‘not so controversial that they would draw unwanted demonstrators’ to campus,” according to a letter sent by Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression.
The requirement is “not new and does not ban controversial speakers,” SNHU spokesperson Siobhan Lopez told The College Fix on September 16.
“[SNHU] seeks to promote and facilitate the exchange of innovative and diverse ideas, and we welcome speakers with a broad range of viewpoints and backgrounds to foster a diverse and rich educational experience for members of the University Community,” Lopez wrote. “Our policies are compliant with both state and federal laws and allow for the free flow of information and ideas while ensuring campus safety.”
Lopez referred The Fix to the SNHU “Speakers on Campus Policy,” effective October 2017.
“The University is committed to providing a forum for divergent points of view at speaker events but will take any precautions it deems necessary to ensure campus safety and prevent the disruption of University operations,” the policy states.
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