Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, in a message to the campus community this morning, corrected the record. "Contrary to some press reports and circulating narratives," he wrote, "the UC Berkeley administration did not cancel the Coulter event and has never prohibited Ms. Coulter from coming on campus. Instead, we received a request to provide a venue on one single day, chosen unilaterally by a student group without any prior consultation with campus administration or law enforcement."
Based on "specific and serious security threats" received by UC Berkeley police, administrators determined it was impossible to safely accommodate Coulter's wishes on April 27 given the lack of an available, protectable venue -- or those of the Berkeley College Republicans, which in February also sponsored the former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, whose campus talk erupted in violence before it began -- and offered an alternative date for her to speak. That offer was rejected, and Coulter initially vowed to appear at Berkeley even without a suitable venue, and in spite of widespread concerns about dangers to students, visitors and Coulter herself.
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