Statement on arrests by UB Police following protest on North Campus Wednesday

Release Date: May 1, 2024


BUFFALO, N.Y. – Wednesday evening, following a protest this afternoon on North Campus, 15* individuals — including some students and other individuals not affiliated with the University at Buffalo — were arrested outside of Hochstetter Hall after being advised of, and failing to comply, with an order to disperse for a violation of UB’s Picketing and Assembling Policy that prohibits encampments and overnight assemblies.

While many protestors peacefully left the area after being advised multiple times by UB Police that those remaining at the protest would be arrested if they did not disperse at dusk, unfortunately some individuals elected to ignore the requests of UB Police and were arrested. Regrettably, a few individuals attempted to resist arrest, and two officers were assaulted.

UB Police were assisted Wednesday evening by the New York State Police, Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Amherst Police, among other assisting agencies. While the decision to arrest individuals occurred after multiple discussions, communications and warnings to protestors, UB Police prioritized the safety and security of the university community by upholding and enforcing all applicable laws, SUNY rules and UB polices.

Additional details about the arrests, including exact charges and whether or not those arrested are affiliated with UB, will be available Thursday. Because of federal privacy laws protecting student academic records, the university cannot confirm or comment on disciplinary actions involving specific UB students.

Generally speaking, the university has an on-campus judiciary process to address alleged violations of the university’s Student Code of Conduct. Should a student’s action be ruled as violating the Student Code of Conduct, the student may be subject to a variety of sanctions.

The university recognizes and respects the right to protest afforded under the First Amendment. However, those members of the university community and visitors who wish to express their viewpoints through picketing and other forms of demonstration are permitted to peacefully do so but must not violate the provisions of the Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order of the SUNY Board of Trustees and must adhere to UB’s Picketing and Assembling Policy, including the prohibition of overnight assemblies, and indoor and outdoor encampments.

*Clarification: UB initially reported 16 arrests; the correct number is 15.

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