On December 7, 2016, Milo Yiannopoulos visited Michigan State University as part of his "Dangerous Faggot Tour." Yiannopoulos is a politically right-of-center provocateur, and leftists were arrested for violently protesting his event.
On March 7, 2017, Michigan State University provided the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, Inc., 350 pages of documents which concern how the police and administrators dealt with the appearance of Yiannopoulos.
Noteworthy about the documents is that they evince:
- The left-wing university administrators monitored the Facebook accounts of left-wing university students to figure out what they were planning to do so as to undermine the efficacy of the protest.
- The university administrators investigated how other universities dealt with Yiannopoulos and Richard Spencer to figure out how they should respond.
- The university administrators corresponded directly with the chief of the MSU Police Department about arresting leftist protesters.
- The university administrators' goal was to suppress news coverage of the protest.
- MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon (who is referred to by administrators as "LAKS") was personally involved--as evinced by email correspondence--in the extensive operation to deal with the Yiannopoulos event.
- MSU administrators lied to an investigative journalist--Todd Heywood of the City Pulse--about whether the public can book Conrad Hall, and the administrators also refused to disclose the identity of the professor who sponsored the registered student organization which hosted Yiannopoulos as the speaker.
- MSU administrators collected posters that had been hung up on campus to encourage leftists to disrupt Yiannopoulos' speech.
- Paulette Russell--the "Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives"--referred to Yiannopoulos as "our friend the provocateur" in an email dated October 3, 2016, and Russell stated in an email dated November 30, 2016, that she would "love" for "the counter Milo event" to be "filled to the rafters."
- MSU administrators received correspondence from distraught leftists who encouraged Yiannopoulos' event to be shutdown due to "hate speech" concerns.