Campus police arrested 13 protesters who refused to leave the UCLA admissions office in Murphy Hall after its 6 p.m. closing time today.
When the roughly 25 to 30 protesters arrived at the admissions office at about 3:15 p.m., some of the organizers stated their intent to be arrested. When the building officially closed, police issued multiple dispersal orders and warned protesters that they would be arrested if they did not leave the building.
The protesters, advocating for higher enrollment of underrepresented minority students, did not resist arrest, and there were no injuries or use of force. Police said they were arrested for unlawful assembly and that they will be cited and released.
UCLA shares the commitment to a diverse student body voiced by the protesters. Within the constraints of state law, the campus is doing everything possible to ensure that the student body reflects the state population. The campus has made great strides but acknowledges more improvement is needed. In April, UCLA admitted its most diverse freshman class to date, with increases in the proportion of underrepresented racial and ethic groups.
Campus officials will continue to work with students, community partners and others with the goal of increasing the diversity of the student body.