ISU Students 4 Trump announced Monday that the Milo Yiannopoulos event scheduled for Friday has been cancelled.
In an email from ISU Students 4 Trump, the group said, "We apologize on our behalf for letting you down. Please remind our fellow faculty and students that we will always push for freedom of speech and expression."
Sadly, the Milo Yiannopoulos event at ISU has been canceled.https://t.co/kFjTkKB1du— ISU Students 4 Trump (@ISU4Trump) December 5, 2016
The cancellation follows nearly a week of opposition from the unofficial student organization after it claimed that the university had hiked security fees as a way to stop the event.
Because ISU Students 4 Trump is a non-university organization, the group had to rent out space in the Memorial Union at full price.
Austen Giles, the president of ISU Students 4 Trump, said the university originally charged him $1,070, which he said he paid out of his own pocket, but later asked for an additional $1,944.
Giles said that while he was disappointed the event was cancelled, he was proud that the group stuck to its principle.
"It is a shame that the event had to be cancelled," Giles said, adding however that they learned a lot from this experience and are more aware of the environment and administration.
Giles said he made the decision to cancel the event after a meeting with the Iowa State Police Department and Memorial Union event staff. Giles said the university did offer that the event be rescheduled, however.
The money Giles invested in the event initially will be refunded to him within the week. He said the $500 they raised on GoFundMe, however, will be harder to refund, as the page disappeared once the group reached the goal.
Giles said they have been in contact with the GoFundMe technical team on what the options are.
Memorial Union policies and guidelines state that "The Memorial Union reserves the right to cancel or suspend any event, when it is determined that an unreasonable risk to the security and/or safety of the facility and/or its patrons exists."
The guidelines also state that the Memorial Union also reserves the right to change policies without notice and grant exceptions upon appeal.
Yiannopoulos is a British journalist, entrepreneur, public speaker and technology editor for Breitbart News. He is currently touring multiple universities across the United States. The event, before it was cancelled, was sold out on Eventbrite.
Iowa State released a statement about the Yiannopoulos event in response to backlash from ISU Students 4 Trump and Yiannopoulos himself saying that the extra security fees rooted from events that have occurred at other universities:
"Physical altercations, bomb threats and threats of weapons violence at other universities where Yiannopoulos has appeared or was scheduled to appear have resulted in the need for the Memorial Union to require additional security for this event," the statement said.
Yiannopoulos responded with a statement, questioning the university's censorship:
“Universities that hope to stop me by hitting students with impossible security fees should think again. The University of Alabama tried it, and backed down. The University of Minnesota tried it, and backed down," Milo said. “Students don’t accept the college’s reasoning, and, when they are informed of it, neither do the public. All President Leath is accomplishing with this fee is giving his college a reputation for slippery censorship tactics.”