University of Florida president Kent Fuchs today sent out an email notifying students, faculty, parents and employees that white supremacist activist Richard Spencer, who sparked today's events in Charlottesville, Va., may be coming to speak in Gainesville on Sept. 12. - From Tampabay.com (blog)
Fuchs said the school has been contacted by the National Policy Institute about reserving space on campus for an event that will feature Spencer as a speaker.
He noted that the organization is not affiliated with UF or any student groups, but that, under university regulations, "non-university groups, organizations and persons may rent space on campus, provided they cover rental expenses and security costs like all other third-party renters." Referencing today's violence in Charlottesvillle, Fuchs said Spencer's presence on campus would be "deeply disturbing," but that, by law, the school could not discriminate against the National Policy Institute in considering its request.
Saturday, Fuchs added: "I encourage our campus community to send a message of unity by not engaging with this group and giving them more media attention for their message of intolerance and hate." The National Policy Institute has reached out to the university to reserve space for a speaking event featuring white nationalist and “alt-right” activist Richard Spencer on September 12.
I encourage our campus community to send a message of unity by not engaging with this group and giving them more media attention for their message of intolerance and hate.
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