Authorities at the University of Missouri have banned disruptive student protests, with offenders now facing the possibility of disciplinary proceedings affecting their degree or even police action.
According to the Colombia Tribune, MU Police told a group of 15 student protesters on Wednesday of the possible consequences should their protests “disrupt university business.”
Major Brian Weimer, who reportedly followed the students on their protest, said the university decided to “enforce an existing policy against disruptions after receiving complaints from people on campus about past protests.”
He added that the university “needs to balance free speech with employees’ rights to do their jobs without disruption.”
The students were protesting against the “racism of Donald Trump,” called for “the cancellation of all student debt,” and demanded the “divestment from private prisons by all universities,” as part of the radical leftist movement the Million Student March.
Interim chancellor Hank Foley said: “We really need to have guardrails on some of the activities we were having. I certainly heard from a lot of people who have found these protests to be scary or frightening.”
The move by school officials comes after the University of Missouri suffered a $32 million deficit and a 20% drop in freshman enrollment following prolonged student protests that forced out President Tom Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin in 2015.
Protest members could not be reached for comment.