It was recently brought to our attention by campus staff that federal laws prohibit any arm of a public university–including registered student organizations–from engaging in any activity that may support a current presidential candidate. This includes hosting an event with a candidate on a public university campus–even if the event is not a campaign event. We took many measures to see if there was any way we could still host this event. This included meeting with administrative staff, academic departments, and other relevant parties. Unfortunately though, we were unable to resolve the issue.
In the interest of avoiding liability, and thereby jeopardizing our ability to host future events for the Berkeley community, we have ultimately decided not to move forward with this event. We understand that this is an event that many of you were looking forward to, and we apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause.