UT chancellor issues message to students ahead of protests

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University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport posted a video to social media Friday, encouraging everyone to think about safety and security on Saturday during a planned event organized by a white nationalist group and planned protests.

“You’ve received a number of messages from me this week,” said Davenport. “Some of them have had information about our security plan and some have had information about the resources that are available to you. Please go back and read them. Open them if you haven’t. Pay particular attentions to the details about safety.”

The Traditionalist Worker Party says it plans to kick of a campus speaking tour at UT. Davenport says the group is not welcome but cannot be stopped per the First Amendment.

Davenport says students’ well being is her top priority and the university is working closely with five different law enforcement agencies, who have assured Davenport campus will be safe and secure.

“If you plan to go to the demonstration area, you will be screened,” she said. 

Security protocols are in place with the two sides divided into separate zones and limits on what can and can’t be brought into the area.

Davenport closed out the message by reassuring students.

“This is our home today and this is going to be our home tomorrow when they’re gone. It is our campus. It is our home. It is our University of Tennessee.”

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