About 50 University of Richmond students crashed a Board of Trustees luncheon Thursday to protest the school’s decision to cut the men’s track and soccer programs in favor of lacrosse.
University police officers initially threatened to arrest the students, who were eventually allowed to stand quietly with signs while board members picked up sandwiches outside the meeting room, according to UR’s student newspaper The Collegian.
The trustees are meeting again today. As Style Weekly reported earlier this week, the board is expected to readdress its decision to reconfigure the athletic program. Alumni have more than $3 million in pledges to help fund soccer and track going forward. They hope to raise a total of $6.26 million, which would cover half the cost of reinstating the programs.
University spokeswoman Linda Evans declined to discuss the trustee’s agenda.