EUGENE, Ore. -- Dozens of University of Oregon students, staff and some community members rallied at the university's memorial union Monday, demanding the administration defund the police department.
The "cops off campus" rally was part of a nationwide rally pressure university administrations to get rid of their police departments.
Ralliers called on officials to use alternatives to law enforcement to keep the peace on campus. They want the money for UOPD to be used for other services. For example, they want more money to be allocated to help sexual assault survivors and faculty and staff.
One rallier, who wished to be anonymous, said having police off campus creates a better learning environment.
"The call is specifically for universities which are supposed to be the site for knowledge and critical thinking. We need to start making police obsolete so we can have safer campuses for all of our students."