Campus security bills for speakers challenged

March 29, 2009

When a UC Berkeley student group invited a speaker known for his hard-line pro-Israel stance, the university feared clashes with Palestinian supporters and billed the group more than $3,000 for police protection.

It was a common response by campus officials in a security-conscious era. When a speaker's controversial topic or history suggests the possibility of a violent reaction, the thinking goes, the sponsoring group should pay for protecting the speaker, the audience and public property...

Schools: University of Colorado at Boulder University of California, Berkeley Cases: University of Colorado at Boulder: Prohibitive Security Fee Charged for Controversial Speakers University of California at Berkeley: Prohibitive Security Fee Charged for Controversial Speaker