(CIRCANEWS) — The College Republicans at the UC Irvine are claiming victory, following the reversal of a decision by administrators to suspend them for a year. “It’s a huge victory for freedom of speech and assembly, and I think this move proves that there is bias to political ideologies in this administration,” said Ariana Rowlands, President of the UCI College Republicans.
The disciplinary action was imposed after a June 2nd event hosting the controversial right wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos. He visited the students as part of his “Dangerous Faggot Tour.” The administration based the action on a contractual insurance violation at the event. However, the University changed course following a social media firestorm and national petition supporting the students. First administrators temporarily lifted the ban pending an appeal, and now have permanently lifted the suspension and cancelled the appeals process.
Senior Director of Media Relations at UC Irvine, Cathy Lawson, tells Circa that while the event went off without a hitch, the students who hosted Yiannopoulos were aware of their violation prior to the event. “They were aware that they did not follow the protocol before the event happened and that’s why it was decided that they would face restrictions before they booked space with the Student Center,” says Lawson.