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December 05, 2012 11:00 AM Emory Students End Campus Protest

By Daniel Luzer

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The Cooper Union tuition debacle wasn’t the only college protest this week. Students at Atlanta’s Emory University occupied an administration building earlier this week (right) to protest, and perhaps try to reverse, university’s decision to cut several programs. Students recently agreed to end the occupation.

According to a piece by Laura Diamond in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The meeting began around 3 p.m. and ended around 6:30 p.m. Afterward, students voted to end the occupation after Wagner agreed to meet with them at a future date….
The protest was just the latest response to what has been three months of campus outrage since Dean Robin Forman announced several programs would be closed, including journalism, physical education and visual arts.

Students and faculty apparently objected to the manner in which the university decided to eliminate the programs, which Emory says were “not prompted by finances.” The school, according to protestors, held discussions about program elimination in secret.

While ultimately this Emory protest probably has even less change of succeeding than the Copper Union dispute (largely because the change at Cooper Union would institute tuition at the school, a major change; universities eliminate programs and departments all the time) the Emory students arguably could have a stronger point. They pay tuition, and it’s pretty hefty, too (more than $40,000 a year). Don’t they have a right to study what they want, even if it’s impractical and has little connection to available jobs? [Image via]

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer