After more than a year of litigation, the University of California, Berkeley, has settled a lawsuit with the Young Americas Foundation and the UC Berkeley College Republicans.
Campus conservatives accused the university of bias in the process of bringing high-profile speakers to campus. The original lawsuit revolved around the cancellation of an event with Ann Coulter. An amended version of the lawsuit included roadblocks initiated by the university for an event with Ben Shapiro.
Spencer Brown, spokesperson for the Young America's Foundation, joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson to discuss YAF's lawsuit against Berkeley.
On how the lawsuit came about: This all started when we basically uncovered Berkeley using a bunch of different polices and restrictions that they were placing on students, always conservative students of course, in order to prevent their events from having any success. Some of this items were even unwritten. We uncovered something that we refer to as the 'high profile speaker policy,' which was administrators at Berkeley just saying, 'This is a high profile event. Therefore you can't speak after 3 pm. You can't speak on the main part of campus and you also can't advertise your event.' (1:25)
On these policies not applying to left-leaning speakers: At the same time that they were applying this to our conservative speakers we were trying to bring in, they allowed the former president of Mexico to speak, who you would think a former head of state would constitute being high profile. They also allowed a former member of the Clinton White House and now a senior fellow at the Center For American Progress to come in and speak without subjecting her to any of these restrictions. The double standard was very clear right away. Then what we say was them using a viewpoint discriminatory security fee policy to charge conservatives way more than they were making leftist students pay for their events. That was applied with Ben Shapiro. (2:20)
On the outcome of the lawsuit: Berkeley's claiming somehow that this was a win for them, but in fact they have to pay Young America's Foundation $70,000 in damages. These unconstitutional policies are no longer on the books. (4:32)
On what is changing at Berkeley: The high profile speaker policy is no longer a thing that they can do. They can no longer look at an event and say, 'We call this high profile. There's a curfew. There's room restrictions. There's ad restrictions.' They can't do that anymore. Furthermore, there is a fee schedule that is published and public for every single venue on campus. (6:23)