The university's ability to restrict controversial figures like Spencer from appearing on campus is limited, even in the aftermath of the situation in Charlottesville, according to First Amendment lawyers.“One could understand how he (Fuchs) would prefer not to see a repeat of that in Gainesville and prefer to see that they not come.Last month, Fuchs said the decision to deny the National Policy Institute's request to rent space on campus came “after assessing potential risks” with campus, state, local and federal law-enforcement officials.
Although there's always room for improvement, I believe the University of Florida provides every student in campus with a great opportunity to achieve their goals and continue their path in striving for excellence.
The university's decision came after UF President Kent Fuchs last month rejected a request by “alt-right” leader Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, to appear Sept. Fuchs cited security concerns in the wake of a deadly clash Aug.
12 in Charlottesville, Va., in which a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
But if they have opened the university's space for the public to use for meetings or speakers, then he literally can't say no simply because he disagrees with someone who asks to use the space,” Tom Julin, an attorney who specializes in First Amendment law told the News Service of Florida last month.
“Simply because there has been an incident of violence, that doesn't mean that speakers affiliated with that violence lose their right to speak.