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UA president to hold 'Campus Conversations' after clash between students, Border Patrol

Posted at 11:29 AM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 20:07:28-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Students and faculty at the University of Arizona will soon have a chance to talk to the school's president about a recent confrontation between students and Border Patrol agents on campus.

President Robert Robbins announced the first "Campus Conversations" event, scheduled for April 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Student Union Grand Ballroom.

The controversy began last month, when two agents came to the campus discuss job opportunities at an event organized by a student club. Several other students interrupted the event, shouting "murder patrol," at the agents as they left the event. The incident was livestreamed on Facebook.

After an outcry from the union representing Border Patrol agents, the University announced charges against three students in connection with the incident. Since then, student organizers and some faculty members have called for the university to drop those charges, organizing protests and walkouts.

In an email to students and faculty, Robbins says the forum "will focus on listening—particularly listening to concerns of students, faculty and staff around these issues."

Robbins also said a livestream of the event will be available online for anyone who can't attend the event, with details forthcoming.