University of Florida President Kent Fuchs on Wednesday evening sent the following message to the UF community:
Aug. 30, 2017
Dear Gator community:
Due to the threat of violence, the University of Florida denied two weeks ago a request by the National Policy Institute to rent space for a Sept. 12 event for white nationalist Richard Spencer.
We were informed late this afternoon that representatives of the organization have retained legal counsel and plan to pursue efforts to hold this event as originally requested.
No formal complaint has been filed at this time. We are prepared to vigorously defend our decision. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority.
Our university police department has been working closely with local, state and federal agencies over the last few weeks and will continue to do so.
We understand some media organizations have been told there is a contract between the university and the National Policy Institute for the event. No contract was ever executed.
We are committed to keeping you updated as we receive new information. In addition, UF’s information line at 1-866-UF-FACTS (833-2287) may also be a resource.
W. Kent Fuchs
University of Florida
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