I’m glad they finally got the lawyers involved and put a stop to liberal bullying and blatant discrimination against right wing speakers. It’s hateful discrimination, plain and simple. The courts agreed, and now they can no longer block Mr. Shapiro from speaking.
What Are They So Afraid Of? Ben Shapiro ROASTS UCLA Administration.
Perform a risk assessment of each event to determine appropriate staffing levels and assign personnel as required. The assessment will take into account the type of event, profile of attendees, historical, or any other relevant considerations. Determine the type of security necessary based on the public safety needs of the event being held. Each event will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine appropriate staffing.Approved by the university June 29, well after the lawsuit was filed, the new policy grants “nearly unbridled discretion to administrators to decide whether to charge those same fees,” Steinbaugh writes:
CSULA is also facing the release of embarrassing emails that show President William Covino initially canceled the speech against the advice of his own administrators, Heat Street reported Saturday. (He ended up letting it go ahead when Shapiro ignored his decision.) Covino apparently acted after hearing from students and faculty who said the people who came for Shapiro’s talk would make the campus physically unsafe. One student emailed Covino to warn him that “this event sounds like an undercover KKK meeting. This event in general speaks volumes as to how little our lives matter…” Read CSULA’s motion to dismiss, Steinbaugh’s analysis and the Heat Street report. MORE: Lawsuit says Cal State LA let rowdy mob shut down conservative speaker MORE: Scenes from a campus mob showdown Like The College Fix on Facebook / Follow us on Twitter
So, if a speaker’s appearance has sparked protests at other campuses, or at CSULA, then administrators can impose security fees. Similarly, what “type of event” means is left for administrators to divine. And the “other relevant considerations” catch-all category allows an administrator to consider whatever they subjectively feel is relevant—including whether the speaker’s appearance will be controversial, or whether they disagree with his or her message.
So while CSULA appears to be trying to escape a court’s judgment, they don’t yet seem to be willing to implement a policy that affirms their commitment to freedom of speech.