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STORRS — The University of Connecticut is reviewing plans by a Republican student group to bring in a well-known conservative speaker, two months after a speech by another right-wing pundit led to two arrests.

UConn’s College Republicans are planning to bring Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of conservative news and commentary site The Daily Wire, to the school Jan. 24.

Catherine Gregory, left, and Lucian Wintrich were both arrested in the fallout from a melee during a speech Wintrich gave at UConn. Charges against Wintrich were dropped; Gregory’s case is pending.

The group sponsored conservative commentator Lucian Wintrich in November for a speech titled “It’s OK To Be White.” It ended with a protester grabbing Wintrich’s notes and Wintrich grabbing the protester.

University President Susan Herbst implemented new rules after that, requiring a review of events that could potentially pose a safety risk to campus.

A school spokeswoman says the review is designed to help facilitate the Jan. 24 speech, not to prevent it.

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