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UC students plan walkout Monday over tuition increases



File: Student protesters block the entrance to a parking garage outside a meeting of the University of California Board of Regents Wednesday in San Francisco.
File: Student protesters block the entrance to a parking garage outside a meeting of the University of California Board of Regents Wednesday in San Francisco.
Eric Risberg/AP

University of California students say they will walk out of classes on Monday to protest the university regents' decision this week to increase tuition barring more funding from the state.

Student protesters, who on Friday occupied Wheeler Hall on the UC Berkeley campus for the second day, said the Monday walkout at noon will be coordinated with students from other UC campuses.

"We oppose the UC Regents’ intention to increase UC Berkeley tuition by 27.6% over five years, despite opposition from student and faculty groups statewide," the group said. "This would increase UC Berkeley yearly tuition to $15,560 for in-state students and nearly $45,000 for out-of-state students by 2020, excluding living costs."

The student group called for no tuition hikes, full transparency regarding the UC budget and dropping of charges against a Berkeley student arrested during the regents' meeting.

The regents voted Thursday to raise tuition by as much as 5 percent each year over five years if the state fails to increase funding for the university system.