Students staging a sit-in in the Allen Building will not negotiate with administrators until workers are included in discussions, according to a Duke Students and Workers in Solidarity statement released Monday night.
The announcement followed a statement Monday afternoon from the administration that its negotiations with students would not continue until they voluntarily left the building.
In a meeting with The Chronicle, Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs, said, “We concluded that we believe we’ve demonstrated good faith,” in negotiations so far, citing the amnesty granted to the students Sunday night.
The post, which is on the group’s Facebook page, states that the administration has “not acted in good faith” by denying workers the opportunity to join student protesters in discussions inside Allen. The full statement can be viewed below.
“Yet again, administration is showing that they only value the opinions of a few members of Duke’s community, and only when they are forced to by overwhelming media attention and campus support,” the statement reads.
Protesters also noted that they should not be considered responsible for the closure of the Allen Building while negotiations continue.
“The implication that the occupation is not peaceful and has disrupted the normal functioning of the Allen Building is completely untrue,” the statement reads. “DSWS continues to reiterate that closing down the Allen building is unnecessary. Faculty and administrators can easily access their offices and meeting spaces.”
The full statement from students and workers:
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