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The price of campus protests is in the millions for some schools


Universities are footing a hefty security bill and Circa Campus dug up the numbers.

Controversial speakers haven’t been welcomed on campuses, so the costs for protests have skyrocketed.
Student activism has become costly. And that affects schools bottom line and student's pockets.

So far in 2017, universities have already shed about $3.5 million because of campus safety concerns.
Starting with UC Berkeley, this total cost has been the most significant.

The university has spent $1.4 million alone on just Milo Yiannopoulos. Two other separate events with Ben Shapiro and Ann Coulter have also cost the university $600,000 each.

Milo Yiannopoulos
CORRECTS TO OMIT ANN COULTER- FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017 file photo, Milo Yiannopoulos speaks during a news conference in New York. Right-wing showman Milo Yiannopoulos is holding a "Free Speech Week" at the University of California, Berkeley with a planned lineup including conservative firebrands Steve Bannon. The university says it has no confirmation the headline acts will appear but is preparing strong security to head off any more violent protests at the liberal campus. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Here is a breakdown, for example, of what went into security spending:

Price Breakdown for UC Berkley
UC Berkley, cost breakdown for protests

UC Berkeley, it is estimated, has already spent more than $2.5 million. University of Florida joins UC Berkeley, with a $600,000 bill for an event with Richard Spencer. In Seattle, University of Washington spent <u>$75,000</u> on an event with Milo Yiannopoulos.

Darryl Tempesta
Daryl Tempesta tapes a sign over his mouth in protest during a demonstration Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. Demonstrators gathered near the University of California, Berkeley campus amid a strong police presence and rallied to show support for free speech and condemn the views of Ann Coulter and her supporters. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

<u>Auburn University</u> paid $30,000 in legal fees for having canceled Richard Spencer’s talk.
*Like Auburn, Michigan State University canceled Richard Spencer’s talk. <u>Spencer also filed a suit against the school</u> that could cost up to $75,000.

Richard Spencer
Richard Spencer, who leads a movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism, points to demonstrator carrying a sign as he speaks at the Texas A&amp;M University campus Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in College Station, Texas. Texas A&amp;M officials say they didn't schedule the speech by Spencer, who was invited to speak by a former student who reserved campus space available to the public. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

<u>University of Utah</u> found itself with a $25,000 security bill, after Ben Shapiro came to its campus.
In New England, <u>Harvard</u> was charged $12,000 by the Cambridge Police Department for an event with Charles A. Murray ’65.

University of Wisconsin in Madison spent $10,000 in additional security for Ben Shapiro’s talk.

University of Tennessee has spent the least, about $3,922 in manpower for security.

At Cal State Fullerton, an event with Milo Yiannopoulos drew university police and 275 officers from several state and local agencies -- the costs of which have not yet been released.

Battle for Berkeley
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, University of California, Berkeley police guard the building where Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos was to speak. The campus is bracing for a showdown next week, when the conservative provocateur Ann Coulter has vowed to speak in defiance of the university's wishes. Officials, police and the campus Republicans who invited Coulter, say there are valid concerns for violence in what is being called an ongoing "Battle of Berkeley." (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Public universities, such as Texas A&M, have set restrictive rules about speakers.
And it’s about time, just as costs for schools become way too much.

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