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Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks instead proposed an alternate May 2 date for the conservative author, which Coulter refused.
In addition to facts: We've already spent $ for 4/27 Berkeley spc & I can't do May 2...THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 21, 2017
Dirks defended the university's focus on free speech after canceling, and then rescheduling Coulter's speaking engagement over specific security threats aimed at next Thursday's event.
"This university and I have an unwavering commitment to first amendment of the constitution," Dirks said. "Ms. Coulter's announcement that she intends to come to this campus on April 27th without regard for the fact that we do not have a protectable venue available on that date is of grave concern," Dirks said.
U.C. police say they are working to improve their response to controversial events, after a Milo Yiannopoulos appearance was canceled in February amid a violent protest on campus.
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University spokesman Dan Mogulof said campus police learned that some of the groups that appeared to be responsible for the violence last weekend and at the Yiannopoulos event "planned to target the appearance of Ann Coulter on campus."
Do not fall for b.s Berkeley press release claiming they ?rescinded? cancelation. They added NEW, more burdensome condition on my const rts. https://t.co/bPMuVUEEMY— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 21, 2017