TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Two University of Arizona students will face charges stemming from a confrontation with Border Patrol agents visiting the Tucson campus.
In a statement to the campus community last week, UA President Robert Robbins said campus police will charge the students with interference with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution, a misdemeanor offense.
A coalition of UA professors of color condemned the decision in a statement Wednesday. The group says the students were exercising their right to protest and they have since been getting death threats.
The Criminal Justice Association had invited U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to come speak March 19.
Videos shared on social media showed students disrupting a presentation by two agents with chants of "murder patrol" and following them down the hall.
Robbins says the university is committed to free speech rights and the club should have been able to hold a meeting without interruption.
He says student protest is also protected but not disruption.