If the University is a private institution then they’re entitled to have their members of staff have certain rules. Not creating an uncomfortable situation for their students would probably come into line with those rules. I suppose the controversy could have been alleviated with some kind of warning in place beforehand so that students who might be offended could have the opportunity to leave. Her free speech wasn’t violated. In the Uk teachers aren’t allowed to advocate for a political party over another, or at least my teachers weren’t, that’s not a violation of free speech it was just school policy.
I do think comparing it to Hitler was slightly excessive thogh and it does irritate me how the government spokeswomen basically refused to give a straight answer so you have to wade trough her question parrying to find her actual position on the matter.