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University Statement Regarding Today’s Ongoing Events on Campus

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After protesters ignored repeated directives from both the administration and law enforcement officers to comply with Institutional Rules and remove tents assembled on the University’s South Lawn, then physically engaged with and verbally assaulted Dean of Students staff who attempted to confiscate them, UT and partner law enforcement agencies dismantled an encampment and arrested several protesters. Baseball size rocks were found strategically placed within the encampment. The majority of protesters are believed to be unaffiliated with the University.

On Saturday the University received extensive online threats from a group organizing today’s protest. These threats have been reported to local, state and federal law enforcement. Since October and prior to April 24, no fewer than 13 pro-Palestinian free speech events were held on the UT campus, and four since then, largely without incident. The University will continue to support the free speech and assembly rights of our community while also enforcing its Institutional Rules.