Gonzaga University Permits College Republicans to Invite Mr. Ben Shapiro


February 04, 2019

Following receipt and review of an appeal submitted by the Gonzaga University College Republicans (GUCR), President Thayne McCulloh has informed the club’s leadership that he is granting them permission to invite Mr. Ben Shapiro to speak on campus this spring.

The decision follows a deliberate review and additional information provided by the club’s leadership. As part of the process, GUCR agreed to an event location and protocol that will provide a more appropriate level of safety and security for this event.

“I appreciate that the students worked through the University’s appeals process as set forth in the Events Policy to address issues regarding safety and campus security, as well as engaged in discussion about the focus of the event,” McCulloh said. “As a comprehensive, faith-based and mission-centered university, we are committed to facilitating exposure to a broad range of intellectual ideas and debate, even as we simultaneously strive to uphold the values reflected in our mission statement. This process is reflective of our efforts to do both.”