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Cal Poly students protest against possible tuition increase

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Some students at Cal Poly held a protest Monday against tuition increases and in favor of free higher education.

Dozens of protesters, wearing all black, waved signs and chanted "the death of the CSU."
      
Organizers say the California State University Board of Trustees is threatening to end a four-year freeze on tuition increases because of inflation. 
      
Protesters are demanding a moratorium on tuition raises, details on where all of the money is going, and more of a focus on supporting diversity. 

"I work two jobs and I can still barely pay my bills and I can still barely get good grades because it's a giant balancing act and that's not what the CSU was built for," said Erica Hudson, Journalism student.

Cal Poly released the following statement in response to the protest:
"Cal Poly is pleased that its students are passionate about their education and willing to speak their mind about maintaining its quality. 

A California State University education remains one of the most affordable options for students seeking to better themselves through higher education. A Cal Poly degree continues to provide one of the best returns on investment among all undergraduate programs in the U.S.

Cal Poly will continue to work closely with the CSU chancellor and his leadership team as they determine how best to continue providing and maintaining the high quality of this important public resource.

Cal Poly also believes strongly in diversity as a keystone to its polytechnic education and effort to produce the industry and community leaders of today's global workforce. We fully support our programs that focus on diversity and inclusivity.  To be clear, Cal Poly has not reduced funding or allocation of resources related to programs promoting multicultural, gender and sexuality studies. The university will continue to place high priority on maintaining and enhancing its academic and support programs with the goal of creating an open and inviting campus environment for all students, employees and visitors."

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