The University of Virginia declined to host a campaign stop by President Obama, Fox News reports.
The university reportedly declined Obama’s request due to security costs and disruption of classes. School officials said more than 186 classes would have had to be cancelled, according to Fox News.
UVA also said they would have to offer the same opportunity to the other candidate so as not to show favoritism due to university policy and their federal and state tax exempt status, according to NBC affiliate WVIR-TV.
University spokeswoman confirmed to the station the president would not be speaking at the university. Obama will, however, make an appearance in Charlottesville, VA.
UVA offered the president the John Paul Jones Arena, but were told by the president’s campsign it “was not academic enough,” according to the station. The Obama campaign wanted to access to the school’s Amphitheater or Harrison-Small Library plaza to host the event.
Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran told WVIR-TV the state of Virginia is proud to host Obama.
“We’re very excited that he’s coming to Charlottesville, regardless of where in Charlottesville, he said. “Charlottesville is known for the University of Virginia, so I don’t think that’s going to be missed on anyone.”
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