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.
Here is a breakdown, for example, of what went into security spending:
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 $75,000 on an event with Milo Yiannopoulos.
Auburn University paid $30,000 in legal fees for having canceled Richard Spencer’s talk.
*Like Auburn, Michigan State University canceled Richard Spencer’s talk. Spencer also filed a suit against the school that could cost up to $75,000.
University of Utah found itself with a $25,000 security bill, after Ben Shapiro came to its campus.
In New England, Harvard 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.
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.