YAF spokesman Spencer Brown stated in a press release that GCU administrators contended that Shapiro's “approach instigates a divisive atmosphere” and competes with the school’s “culture of unity, love, respect and having all student voices on campus heard.”
Students were reportedly told in a meeting with GCU admins that Shapiro was too “cut throat” when delivering speeches on college campuses and that Shapiro’s comments, especially on immigration, might alienate or offend some "Dreamer" students (beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program).
“By caving to an unseen mob and ignoring the popularity of Shapiro among its student body, Grand Canyon University just played itself and deserves whatever negative response this brings,” Brown said, arguing the faith-based college “blindly accepted the left’s ludicrous argument that Shapiro’s presence somehow damages students, campuses, or debate.”
Purely as a side note, Liberty president Jerry Falwell, Jr. has publicly disputed 2018 reports which state that GCU is the nation's largest Christian university:
“Our definition of a Christian university only includes universities who hire faculty who adhere to fundamental Christian doctrine. GCU does not. Liberty does,”
In spite of having “utmost respect for Liberty and its mission as a Christian university,” GCU disagreed and fired back at Falwell’s comments:
“GCU is committed to distinctively Christian approaches toward education that are grounded in theological conviction, development of sound character, and the capacity to live in ways that honor God, benefit others and contribute significantly to the common good."