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University statement on April 30, 2024 protests

April 30, 2024 8:30 p.m.

About 200 protestors gathered in Presidents Circle this afternoon, starting about 6 p.m. The university commends the peaceful nature of the protests, which were expressed with dignity and conducted in a lawful manner. Leading up to
tonight’s events, the university handed out flyers identifying lawful guidelines for protests, including QR codes to supporting resources.

One arrest was made based on an individual’s actions from last night. In total, 20 arrests were made over two days, based on three primary charges: disorderly conduct, trespassing higher education premises and failure to disperse. By 8 p.m., the crowds had left campus.

The university reiterates its support of free expression. Demonstrators are welcome to continue to express their views in a peaceful and legal manner. If tents go up or unlawful occupancy or trespass occurs, the university will enforce the law.

President Taylor Randall had the following statement:“I ask for the community’s patience as we manage a complex situation and balance free expression with lawful conduct. We are investing time and resources now to
support free speech and prevent further escalation.”

The university will provide an additional update later this evening if warranted.

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