COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–A group of students at The Ohio State University staged a sit-in and protest Wednesday night inside of Bricker Hall.
OSU Police stood guard at each door of the building that houses President Michael Drake’s office. The students, who represent close to a dozen on-campus organizations, demanded that university leadership address their concerns on issues such as diversity, sexual assault, and the university’s budget.
They said they want university leadership to foster an environment that reflects the needs and concerns of students, and have released a list of demands.
Students said they planned to stay inside the building all night. According to a Facebook post by Real Food OSU around 9:20 p.m., a group of 50 students were still inside and planning to stay overnight.
Those plans were cut short around midnight, when protesters said they were forced to leave under threat of arrest and expulsion.
In a video provided by one of the protesters, Ohio State Senior Vice President Jay Kasey told the demonstrators they had one last chance to clear the room.
Someone is heard asking, “what do you mean by clear the room?”
Kasey replies, “our police officers will physically pick you up and take you to a paddy wagon and take you to be arrested.”
A statement provided to OSU’s student newspaper said the group chose to disperse on their own volition and that they were not removed.