On November 16, 2011, Chancellor Reed and the CSU Board of Trustees voted behind closed doors to increase student fees 9%. Rather than taking precautions to make sure that the concerns of students were taken into account, the Board of Trustees think police presence and force is a necessary condition of diplomacy as the meeting was called to an end by Chairman Herbert Carter. It was then that CSU police forced the protestors outside and when some tried to regain entry, the police reacted with force and pepper spray against protesters. Four students were arrested in the aftermath, while dozens of officers in riot gear stood in opposition to protestors.
Moreover, the Board of Trustees continued the meeting at an adjacent meeting room behind closed doors. They proceeded to vote on a 9% increase. Following the decision, Lt. Governor and CSU Trustee Gavin Newsom issued a statement requesting a revote: “Due to the alarming manner in which the decision was made to approve the 2012-2014 support budget and the 2012-2013 tuition increases and given that there were 9 members of the California State University (CSU) Board not in attendance during this vote, I respectfully request that you place these two items back on the agenda for the meeting scheduled on December 5, 2011. (We are extending this call to action on the Board of Trustees to place this item on the agenda for their upcoming meetings)
Please sign the petition below, demanding that the Board of Trustees honor Lt. Governor’s request for a re-vote of the 9% tuition increase. As a University that is “committed to working for California” it is our duty to ensure that those who make decisions effecting hundreds of thousands of students, be held accountable and act in full transparency.