Published by Communications and Public Affairs (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982 or 53338
January 28, 2002
Student protesters leave voluntarily
The individuals who occupied the executive suite earlier today by barricading all entrances and exits left voluntarily shortly after 7 p.m.
The University did not negotiate issues of tuition or related matters, as it will not do so under duress or an occupation.
The students were told by the City of Guelph Fire Department that barricading the doors was in violation of the Ontario Fire Code and that if the barricades were not removed, the students would be open to prosecution. The University told the students if they removed the barricades, they would be allowed to continue with their sit-in.
Because the students left voluntarily, the University said it will not press charges, but the students were warned a similar future action would result in charges being laid.