Brown may restrict events after Kelly disruption

By The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Brown University’s president says the Ivy League school may stop allowing the public to attend certain events after protesters last year shut down a speech by then-New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Christina Paxson said this week that while Brown usually keeps events open to the broader Providence community, the school may now occasionally restrict events to Brown students, faculty and staff if there are concerns about security or safety.

Several Brown students and members of the Providence community shouted Kelly down as he tried to speak in October.             

Several people at Brown say it’s a change in policy, although a Brown spokeswoman says it is not.

Some said they’re concerned it will cut off the university from the community. Others said it was a reasonable approach.

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