Student protesters effectively shut down the University of California at Santa Cruz on Thursday morning, blocking its entrances as part of a four-day protest of tuition increases, racism, and police violence, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports. The university responded to the early-morning action by telling students and faculty members to stay off the campus.
JUST IN: @ucsc entrances blocked as protesters rally over tuition hikes.Students/faculty urged not to come to campus pic.twitter.com/sI6o6XTwop
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The shutdown came two days after six Santa Cruz students were arrested for blocking a highway as part of the same protest. They were subsequently suspended by the college for 14 days.
System regents voted in November to approve a plan that could raise tuition by as much as 5 percent for each of the next five years.