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Trump Event 2016

Parking for July 29, 2016 Trump Event

# Thursday, July 28, 3:00 p.m.

Alpine Garage: free parking on July 29, 2016

Gateway Garage: $4 per car to anyone who is not a UCCS parking permit holder on July 29, 2016. Payment by cash or credit card

Disabled parking: Lot 222 (with overflow in Alpine Garage), $4 per car. Payment by cash or credit card

UCCS parking permits required in all other campus lots.

Parking Map: a printable version of these instructions and map is available here.


Faculty respond to Trump event

# Thursday, July 28, 5:00 p.m.

114 UCCS faculty sign a letter responding to the Trump campaign event on campus.

"While we recognize Mr. Trump’s right to speak at UCCS and at other public venues, we strongly condemn the content and tone of much of the rhetoric that Mr. Trump has used since announcing his bid for Presidency."

Read the letter at http://communique.uccs.edu/?p=23679.


Media Advisory: Trump campaign event

# Thursday, July 28, 11:30 a.m. – Sent to media, posted to Press Releases

Trump campaign: Lydia Blaha, (719) 440-1338
UCCS (logistics only): Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439; Jared Verner, (719) 255-3003

In an effort to facilitate media needs at the July 29 Donald Trump campaign event at UCCS, the following resources are being made available.

Event information: The Trump event begins at 2 p.m. at the Gallogly (GAL-OH-GLEE) Events Center at UCCS. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for ticket holders. All ticketing was handled by the Trump campaign.

Media credentials: This will be handled by the Trump campaign. Please call Lydia Blaha, (719) 440-1338, or visit donaldjtrump.com/schedule.

Media entrance: Berger Hall, adjacent to the Gallogly Events Center.

Media set: Media should plan on having their equipment in the Gallogly Events Center by 8 a.m. The GEC will open at 7 a.m. No access after 9 a.m.

Parking: Satellite trucks may park in front of Centennial Hall in the bus stop area. The parking lot in front of Centennial (Lot 222) is reserved for reporters with credentials and for those with ADA needs.

Connections: Hardwire high-speed Internet connections will be available inside the Gallogly Events Center in the media area. Please bring an Ethernet cord. No additional power will be available. A multiple-outlet microphone feed will be available. Again, please bring your own cords.

Restrictions/closures: The UCCS campus will remain open and summer classes are in session. However, access to some roads may be restricted. Please do not impede pedestrian or vehicle traffic.

Wayfinding: The campus is located at 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. The main campus entrance is at Austin Bluffs and Meadow Lane. A campus map is available at www.uccs.edu/map. Gallogly Events Center is GEC. Centennial Hall is CENT.

Background: Please see www.uccs.edu/facts and www.uccs.edu/trumpevent2016

Restrooms/Refreshments: The University Center will be open and includes restrooms, a restaurant and coffee shop.

Questions:
Trump campaign: Lydia Blaha, (719) 440-1338; lydiablaha@yahoo.com
UCCS (logistics only): Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439; Jared Verner, (719) 255-3003


Update on Trump Event

# Thursday, July 28, 7:33 a.m. – Message from the Chancellor, emailed to campus

Dear Campus Community,

Following the announcement yesterday of Donald Trump's July 29 campaign stop in Colorado Springs using UCCS facilities, I have been asked a series of questions I will attempt to answer in this message. Many faculty, staff, and students have expressed disappointment and anger at Mr. Trump's appearance on our campus. I am appreciative of questions and concerns raised and want to continue to be responsive. Because time is short before the event takes place, I want to address as many issues as I can in one communication.

The Legal Underpinnings of Leasing Space to Political Candidates—UCCS and the vast majority of all public universities make space available for lease (if space if not in use for academic or athletic purposes) to organizations including political organizations. UCCS for most of its 51 years has leased space to organizations including political parties. Because UCCS has made its facilities available to political candidates and their campaigns in the past-provided those campaigns have paid appropriate fees and complied with campus use policies-the university cannot legally deny the same access to Mr. Trump. As your Chancellor, I thoroughly checked our legal standing, as I would do in any such case, prior to authorizing the lease. The same process was used when we were the venue for a campaign event in 2008 by candidate Barack Obama. Simply put, the University of Colorado cannot discriminate against political candidates on the basis of their viewpoints. The First Amendment recognizes that if the university provides the opportunity for political candidates to speak, it cannot deny other political candidates the same opportunity. The lease to Mr. Trump is not an endorsement by me, UCCS, the University of Colorado, or its Board of Regents.

Assessing Charges—Some students have questioned whether UCCS should "make money" by leasing to Mr. Trump's campaign. UCCS consistently assesses charges when any political candidate holds a campaign event. Other types of organizations also reimburse UCCS for event space. With regard to political campaigns, assessing charges prevents UCCS from violating laws that prevent the expenditure of public funds for the benefit of political candidates or showing preference for any political candidate. UCCS will not make a profit from assessing charges but will cover direct expenses.

Hostile Environment Based on Campaign Rhetoric—Some have raised concerns that Mr. Trump's appearance on campus creates a hostile environment in a manner that would violate other federal laws. I have sought legal advice to respond to this inquiry. Political speech, even if that speech is offensive, is protected by the First Amendment and offensive speech does not serve as an adequate basis to deny this campaign or any other campaign the opportunity to rent university facilities.

Campus Safety—Some students have expressed their concern about campus safety, particularly in light of the fact that there have been confrontations at some of Mr. Trump's other campaign events. UCCS leaders, our own excellent police force, local law enforcement, and the United States Secret Service are working to provide appropriate security and ensure campus safety. Campus leaders and I, accompanied by our own police officers, will be highly visible throughout the campus on Friday.

Expressions of Opposing Viewpoints—Many faculty, staff, and students have expressed their desire to demonstrate against Mr. Trump while he is on campus, and others in the community may join in those demonstrations. As a University that respects the ability and right of all citizens to voice their opinions, UCCS absolutely will permit lawful and peaceful demonstrations. No demonstration permits are required. The lawn in front of Cragmor and Main Hall and the lower University Center Plaza are convening sites for such expressions of free speech. As a core value of the University of Colorado, free expressions must be and will be honored. Law enforcement agencies will work to preserve the security for all. I will personally visit both sites multiple times.

Inclusion as a Core UCCS Value—Some have expressed concern that Mr. Trump's visit does not support the UCCS core value of inclusion and respect. This event underscores more than ever the need for inclusion and respect. UCCS has a legal obligation to lease space to Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump has a legal right to speak. Others have a legal right to express disagreement. But this not solely about legal issues. The UCCS core value of inclusion and respect is front and center. This event, or any other event, must not let us waver in our commitment to inclusion and respect for all. I am confident UCCS, its students, faculty, and staff, and our community will approach Friday in a manner that demonstrates our shared commitment to free expression, inclusion, safety, political choice, and the democratic virtues that has served us for generations.

Details of the Event—as of the time of issuing this message Mr. Trump is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. Those wanting to express opposition to the campaign are asked to gather in either the Cragmor lawn or the lower level of the University Plaza. UCCS is not handling details of ticketing for the event and other information may be available at the Trump website. Those wishing to assist me in providing safe way-finding for our students and others on campus may contact the Chancellor's Office (x3436).

  • The University Center Upper Plaza and Upper Plaza east and west access will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday until mid-afternoon. The Bookstore, Clyde's, the Copy Center and Sanatorium Grounds Coffee will operate normally.
  • The Pedestrian Spine walkway through the University Center will be closed most of Friday. Students, faculty and staff who need to traverse from buildings on the east side of campus (Main, Cragmor, Dwire, etc.) to the west side of campus (Columbine, Osborne, Engineering, etc.) will need to find an alternative route.
  • Those holding tickets for the Trump event are likely to line up on the pedestrian spine in front of Dwire Hall and Main Hall. Non ticket holders will be directed to the Cragmor Green space or to outdoor space on the first floor of the University Center.
  • Parking in lot 222 in front of Centennial Hall will be restricted to media and disability parking. If you normally park in this lot, I ask that you park in another lot or the Parkway Garage. The visitors will be asked to park in the Alpine Valley garage and will pay to do so.

I will be scheduling a campus conversation to discuss the events of Friday, July 29 in a couple of weeks. As always, thank you for your voice in our campus life, thank you for your respect for the importance of the issues of our times, and thank you for participating in important campus challenges and opportunities.

Respectfully, Pam

Pam Shockley-Zalabak
Chancellor


Chancellor Memo: Trump campaign to lease Gallogly

# Wednesday, July 27, 12:08 p.m. – Message from the Chancellor, emailed to campus, posted to Communique and Facebook

To the Campus Community:

I am writing to advise that the Donald Trump campaign has contacted the university and requested a contract to lease the Gallogly Events Center on Friday for a campaign rally.

As a university, we do not endorse a specific campaign or political agenda. As you know, we make our facilities available for lease when they are not being used for educational or athletic purposes. All ticket distribution and event admission decisions will be made by the Trump campaign. UCCS received no tickets for this event.

While every effort is being made to minimize disruption to campus, some changes in campus operation are necessary to ensure the safety of our visitors. These changes are:

  • The University Center Upper Plaza and Upper Plaza east and west access will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday until mid-afternoon. The Bookstore, Clyde's, the Copy Center and Sanatorium Grounds Coffee will operate normally.
  • The Pedestrian Spine walkway through the University Center will be closed most of Friday. Students, faculty and staff who need to traverse from buildings on the east side of campus (Main, Cragmor, Dwire, etc.) to the west side of campus (Columbine, Osborne, Engineering, etc.) will need to find an alternative route.
  • Those holding tickets for the Trump event are likely to line up on the pedestrian spine in front of Dwire Hall and Main Hall. Non ticket holders will be directed to the Cragmor Green space or to outdoor space on the first floor of the University Center.
  • Parking in lot 222 in front of Centennial Hall will be restricted to media and disability parking. If you normally park in this lot, I ask that you park in another lot or the Parkway Garage. The visitors will be asked to park in the Alpine Valley garage and will pay to do so.

Additionally, you will likely notice an increased security presence with officers from Colorado Springs Police, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, and the Secret Service, in addition to our own Campus Police. Rules similar to those used in airport travel will be in effect at Gallogly and Berger Hall.

We expect a large number of individuals on campus on Friday. If you would like to be part of an ambassador group to assist our students, campus tour groups, and provide way-finding for those on our campus for the event, please contact Megan Bell or Tamara Moore. Offices that receive questions about why UCCS is hosting this event are encouraged to forward them to my office, 255-3436.

As always, I appreciate your cooperation in representing UCCS.

Respectfully,

Pam Shockley-Zalabak

Contract

As a matter of open records, the contract for the Trump Campaign lease of Gallogly Event Center is available as a PDF.