"She's definitely coming to Berkeley on the 27th," Pranav Jandhyala, one of the event's organizers, tells NPR. "We're looking into alternative venues."
He says he was "extremely disappointed" by the university's decision. He adds that students have half-joked that Coulter may end up speaking on the steps at the university's Sproul Plaza.
"Instructing Berkeley student group to spare no expense in renting my speaking venue — part of my legal damages," Coulter wrote on Twitter.
"This is as clear-cut a case as it gets that public universities are using taxpayer dollars to shut down conservative speech, while allowing liberal speech only," writes Spencer Brown of Young America's Foundation in a statement. The group calls itself the "principal outreach organization of the Conservative Movement" with a goal of exposing young people to conservative "principles."
The planned Coulter speech was a collaboration among YAF, the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA, formerly known as BridgeCal.
BridgeUSA is a nonpartisan organization that aims to "create a dialogue" and challenge people with "opinions you disagree with," says Jandhyala, the founder and president.
Coulter had planned to speak on the issue of immigration.
Jandhyala defended Coulter's invitation, saying it helps create a "conversation on this issue of illegal immigration that needs to happen." BridgeUSA has invited speakers of different political persuasions to campus, including a recent discussion with former Bill Clinton White House staffer Maria Echaveste.
Jandhyala says the majority of Coulter's speaking fee, $17,000, was being paid by YAF, with $3,000 being paid by BridgeUSA.
Brown of YAF wrote that the university had initially imposed "a series of ridiculous requirements" on Coulter's speech, including that she speak in the afternoon, and that organizers limit the audience to students and delay the announcement of the venue until close to the event time.