the conservative guy didn’t have to be a student since he was an invited guest of a student (org?).
If the aggressor was not a student, what was the aggressor’s business on campus ?
Well, it is and has always been an open campus. Anyone can stroll around, and non-students sometimes do research at one of the campus libraries. Nonetheless, the fact that the perp was a wearing a student-style backpack would suggest that he likely is taking classes there.
He was a right wing activist so its open season on him.