IU Administrators Dialogue With Students After Protests

IU administrators say they will host another meeting with students early next week.

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Photo: Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana

Demonstrators sat in on the IU trustees meeting to protest against tuition increases among other grievances.

Indiana University’s Board of Trustees’ meeting last week was interrupted by student protestors demanding a dialogue with university officials about the direction of the university. After that week of protests, administrators invited students to meet with them about their concerns.

About two dozen students filled the Persimmon Room at Indiana University’s student union. They had big topics on their minds. IU Sophomore Sydney Fletcher spoke up at the meeting.

“As the state funding does go down, more and more of funding falls onto students and the issue of student tuition,” he said.

Interim IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel told students she was glad they were concerned about tuition, debt, and decreased state funding. Robel says she thinks it’s one of the biggest problem students and the university face.

“I’m glad that this is an issue that matters to all of you. It should matter to every citizen in this country, that we’re losing public higher education. That should be critical,” Robel said.

Other students present spoke about giving students more voice at the university and reducing the university’s energy dependency.

University administrators said during the meeting that they would host another meeting with more students on Monday and wanted student input on whether to continue to meet as an advisory body.

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