Protesters disrupt PSU board meeting over tuition hike

Board of Trustees approved "modest increases in tuition" on Thursday

Portland State University, November 25, 2015 (KOIN)
Portland State University, November 25, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A group of protesters disrupted a Board of Trustees meeting at Portland State University Thursday afternoon, the same day tuition increases for next school year were approved.

“Once again, a group of protesters disrupted our Board of Trustees meeting… and refused to allow us to carry out business,” Chair Pete Nickerson wrote.

The board was reportedly forced to relocate its meeting and use a live audio feed for members of the public who wished to follow the discussions.

Several dozen students and community members reportedly participated in the protest in response to “modest increases in tuition for next academic year.”

The tuition hikes were approved “to balance the budget and avoid cuts in programs and personnel,” PSU announced in a press release.

Annual tuition for full-time Oregon undergraduates at PSU will now be $8,337.

Without the tuition hike, Nickerson says PSU would be forced to cut $6 million from its budget. Cost increases for the school reportedly include hiring faculty, advisers and other staff, providing student services and increases salaries and benefits.

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