Students Arrested After Protesting During OU Trustees Meeting

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A handful of Ohio University students were arrested around 11:30 a.m. on Friday during the university's board of trustees meeting in Walter Hall.

About a dozen students positioned themselves between the board and the audience to protest the approved 1.6 percent tuition increase for next year. The increase will equal an $164 increase for the year for full-time undergraduate students for the 2013-14 academic year.

As the students disrupted the meeting, acting chairwoman Sandra Anderson repeatedly asked the students to sit down. The trustees and OU President Roderick McDavis then exited the room.

Ohio University Police Chief Andrew Powers approached the students and said they had two minutes to leave the room or be arrested. Some of the students left, while others sat on the floor in the meeting room in Walter with a banner protesting the tuition increase. Additional OUPD officers then entered the room after the two minutes, and the remaining students were escorted out of the room without incident.

Photos by Sara Brumfield of the Athens Messenger