Cooper Union Students Strike Deal to End Occupation of President’s Office

A group of Cooper Union students who had been occupying the president’s office at the selective New York City college over its recent decision to start charging tuition to undergraduates said on Monday that they had reached an agreement with the administration to end their occupation.

The group had been occupying the office of the president, Jamshed Bharucha, since early May, in an effort to maintain Cooper Union’s long-held custom of offering its students a free higher education. The college’s leaders have said that it is facing severe financial problems. Last year Cooper Union announced it would begin collecting tuition from graduate students, and in April it rolled out a plan to charge undergraduates. The moves prompted vocal protests on the campus, including the occupation of Mr. Bharucha’s office. That occupation ended last Friday.

In a news release, the administration and the group of occupiers said that their agreement included the creation of a working group that would pursue a “good-faith effort to seek an alternative to tuition” that would sustain the institution’s financial health. The group will include board and faculty members, alumni, students, and representatives of the administration, according to the announcement. The agreement said that all individuals who had violated the college’s policies during the occupation would be granted amnesty.

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