A group claiming to represent students in the UNC system has scheduled what it calls “a walkout” for noon Thursday at the UNC Charlotte campus.
The N.C. Student Power Union said students and university workers will gather at the Belk Tower for a speakout and “possibly further action.”
The Student Power Union said Thursday’s event at UNCC is among four planned on UNC system campuses in advance of Friday morning’s meeting of the UNC Board of Governors.
The student group said its leadership will present the Board of Governors with a list of about 20 demands, including designing a tuition-free university model, creating collective bargaining rights for students and workers, and ending cuts to the universities’ budgets.
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Additional “walkouts” are planned for 1 p.m. Thursday at N.C. State University; 8 a.m. at UNC Chapel Hill, at the Board of Governors meeting; and noon Friday at UNC Greensboro.
The General Assembly has cut the budget for the UNC system several times in recent years, and according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, North Carolina is among eight states that has not increased higher education spending in the past year.