“Conservatives get canceled, liberals quit laughing: How Trump’s election killed comedy” (Web, Dec. 24) references a comedian’s planned appearance at the University of Connecticut earlier this year and reads, “Within days, the University of Connecticut canceled Mr. Benjamin’s scheduled appearance, costing him a $7,500 paycheck.” This is false.
Owen Benjamin was invited to UConn by a student group, which later decided against holding the event. The university’s purchasing department, which handles contracts, notified Mr. Benjamin of the change on the group’s behalf. Yet, contrary to the statement in the article, UConn honored the contract and paid his fee under terms of its cancellation clause.
UConn respects Mr. Benjamin’s free-speech rights and those of all speakers, along with our student groups’ right to determine whom it wishes to host on campus.
Spokeperson, University of Connecticut