Campus protests: UC Santa Cruz
The University of California Santa Cruz is advising employees and others not to come to the main campus today "due to potential safety concerns," according to the school's Web site.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel is reporting dozens of students blocking roads and drivers being denied access to campus, including a sobbing heath care worker and an arboretum contractor who "vowed to never hire any of the students again."
Campus Provost David Kliger issued a statement that said the morning protest escalated into behavior that is disruptive, intimidating and destructive. "Behavior that degrades into violence, personal intimidation, and disrespect for the rights of others is reprehensible, and does nothing to aid efforts to restore funding to the university." The university also posted photos from the protest online.
Around 5:45 a.m. about 60 protesters gathered near the school's main entrance and about 50 more gathered at the west entrance, effectively closing that entrance. By 6 a.m. campus police had begun to turn away cars from the main entrance, according to the school Web site.
At about 7 a.m. there was a report of a vehicle windshield smashed near campus and another campus employee who attempted to enter a campus entrance reported that protesters took photographs of the employee's vehicle and license plate, in an intimidating manner. There is also a report of a vehicle being denied the right to exit faculty and staff housing, the school reported.
Updated at 3:30 p.m. to include the provost's statement and photos.
Track today's national protests on The Post's Higher Education page.
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