In his executive order, the Associated Press reports, Scott warned that the "threat of a potential emergency is imminent" in Gainesville, where UF is located.
Darnell said Scott's executive order was not meant to "alarm anyone", but to make sure that her office has the "resources and equipment to help us prepare for violence or widespread property damage". He said the executive order is an additional step to ensure that everyone stays safe.
The university had previously prohibited Spencer's group from renting space on the campus for a rally that would have been held mere days after the Charlottesville, Va., riots on public safety grounds.
Spencer supporters point the finger at counter-protesters, who've pledged to show up en masse on Thursday, as the reason for the precautions.
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The security forces had to fire at the violent crowd that had assembled following the call from the mosque. Of the 12, seven have been killed in security force operations in last three months.
According to Scott's seven page executive order, the precautions are being taken due to protests and instances of violence following Spencer's appearances in Virginia, Alabama, California, and Texas.
Spencer is scheduled to speak at the Curtis Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. UF is bound by a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision that says the government can not charge speakers for security costs related to the potential reaction to a speech. "I am in the same genre as hurricanes and invading armies". The event is unaffiliated with the school, and no student groups sponsored the speech or invited him, the university said.
The group has also organized a "teach-in" on Tuesday that will have a "panel discussion with professors from UF" encouraging people to "come out and learn about anti-racism, anti-fascism and what we can do in the face of oppression".
Fuchs wrote that the university-a state institution-is "required by law" to allow Spencer to speak. "It is our creation and our inheritance, and it belongs to us", he said. By responding with peaceful protests and refusing to be provoked into violence, UF and the Gainesville community can provide a powerful repudiation of Spencer's hateful message.
A university spokeswoman told the newspaper that the order will make it easier to recoup the cost of providing security for the event. "Those of us in the majority must speak up for those in the minority and make our voice of love and support heard".