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DePaul bans Ben Shapiro

DePaul says the ban is due to "safety concerns."

Shapiro has been touring college campuses with the help of Young Americans for Freedom, and has been repeatedly met with protests.

DePaul University has officially banned conservative commentator Ben Shapiro from appearing on campus.

DePaul University told the DePaul Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter that Shapiro will no longer be allowed on campus due to “security concerns,” reports The Daily Wire.

"Given the experiences and security concerns that some other schools have had with Ben Shapiro speaking on their campuses, DePaul cannot agree to allow him to speak on our campus at this time,” Bob Janis, Vice President of Facilities Operations at DePaul, wrote in an email to the DePaul YAF chapter’s executive board.

Shapiro has been touring college campuses to deliver lectures to student groups, many of which have been heavily protested by students and administrators.

California State University, Los Angeles tried to cancel Shapiro’s speech in February, but Shapiro showed up to speak anyway. He was met by angry demonstrators who attempted to block the doors to the lecture hall. Protesters also pulled a fire alarm in an attempt to drown out the lecture, and Shapiro was ultimately escorted off the premises by police officers because of threats against his safety.

[RELATED: Anti-Shapiro protesters at CSULA say ‘hate speech’ should not be allowed on campus]

Shapiro encountered similar resistance at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where leftist students staged a walkout of the lecture, but students eager to listen quickly filled the vacated seats.

[RELATED: VIDEO: Leftist students stage walkout, protest UNC Ben Shapiro lecture]

Young America’s Foundation, which has been assisting Shapiro with his campus tour, released the following statement regarding DePaul’s decision to ban Shapiro from campus:

Shapiro has made several comments on his Twitter questioning DePaul’s commitment to free speech.

“Hey, @DePaulU, are you so afraid of your own student leftists' violence that you can't stand up for free speech?” he wrote.

“So, I've been banned from DePaul. Because they're cowards,” another tweet said.

DePaul also recently banned alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos from returning to campus for a College Republicans event.

Milo visited campus in May, but the stage was stormed by protesters who stole his microphone and refused to allow him to speak. DePaul said allowing Milo to return would create a “hostile environment.”

[RELATED: DePaul removes ratings system, refuses to let Milo return]

After the Milo ban, Vice President of Student Affairs Gene Zdziarski assured students, “DePaul will continue to work with student organizations to sponsor events and speakers representing a broad range of opinions on the issues of the day.”

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