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#NotAgainSU Protestors Unsure About Negotiation Session on Concerns Over Campus Policies

Chris Bolt/WAER News



The Not Again SU protests moved outside the Syracuse Administration wednesday evening, blocking a portion of Waverly and Crouse Avenues.   Police showed up at the outdoor scene, but no word on any arrests.  Protestors then moved back inside to continue a sit-in, occupation of the Crouse Hinds building. 


The #NotAgainSU protestors and their movement gained energy after some members of the group thought they would have a negotiating session with Syracuse University administrators Wednesday.  However, as the time approached, a proposal for 4:00 p.m. had been made, there was not a meeting. 

Credit Toby Craner / Newshouse
Not Again SU protestors preparing for negotiation session with Syracuse University administration, but details of any meetings remain elusive.

That led protestors and supporters to march up steps in Crouse Hinds Hall administration building to Chancellor Kent Syverud’s office.

Students have been continuing a protest inside the building 24 hours a day since February 17th.  They say their demands have not been met, over a range of issues relating back to racist incidents on campus and the lack of a safe environment for some students.

Earlier this week Syverud issued a statement saying he would have Public Safety Officers and their conduct reviewed by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, while also investigating other areas of concern.  He rescinded threatened suspensions over the protests, saying in a release that students would be allowed to continue as they worked toward solutions.

Syverud and administrators agreed to a range of changes last semester, though protestors this week said those promises have not been kept.  He opened this semester detailing hirings, expansions of certain counseling programs and other changes. 

Students however say the measures do not meet their demands and have further complained about behavior of Department of Public Safety officers, including denying food and hygiene products to be let into the building during a period of the protests.

This story has been updated with copy corrections. 

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.