Campus events at UW canceled over security concerns
February 10, 2018
(SEATTLE, WA.) – As of early Saturday morning two campus events at the University of Washington had been canceled or postponed due to security concerns related to a rally that the UW’s College Republicans (UWCRs) will be hosting today (Sat. Feb. 10) with the conservative Christian group Patriot Prayer.
The UW Daily, the campus newspaper, reported on Feb. 7 that several student groups had plans to counter protest the on-campus presence of Patriot Prayer.
The paper reported that on the Facebook page for one of the counter-protests, UW Stands In Solidarity Against Hate, a number of campus organizations have signed onto a statement that reads, “We … have a shared understanding and commitment to confront racism, sexism, xenophobia, and all other forms of discrimination and oppression on our campus and in our community.”
In a statement issued Sat. morning by UW President Ana Mari Cauce, she said that several organizations have canceled or postponed events and access to Red Square will be limited.
In a related issue, a U.S. District Court judge granted the school’s College Republicans (UWCRs) a temporary restraining order Friday morning, preventing the UW from billing the club a $17,000 security fee for Saturday’s event.
A UW spokesperson Victor Balta said in a statement that the school “Will comply with the terms of the temporary restraining order, but this legal process is ongoing and we will continue to advocate for charging reasonable security fees to campus groups based on objective criteria."
Balta also said the security cost of the event is estimated to exceed $50,000, and the $17,000 figure presented to the club represented only a portion of what is necessary for campus police to keep attendees safe.