The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Iowa

March 12, 2014

Protesters tell Iowa regents to 'stop the audit'

IOWA CITY — Protesters have disrupted the Iowa Board of Regents meeting to demand an end to a consultant's $2.5 million study of operations at the state's three public universities.

Four University of Iowa graduate students interrupted Wednesday's board meeting at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City by loudly chanting, "Ditch Deloitte. Stop the audit."

The chants referred to the regents' decision last month to hire Deloitte Consulting LLP to study all aspects of the universities and recommend ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

The consultants are just beginning their work, but their recommendations could lead to closing inefficient programs and the sale of some public assets.

The protesters were eventually escorted out of the building by security officials. They won't face criminal charges but could be sanctioned by the university.

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