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STUDENTS AT BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY END SIT-IN OVER ALLEGATIONS OF DISCRIMINATION

Six days after occupying a state university administration building in protest over allegations of campus discrimination and other issues, students quietly have ended their sit-in.

As planned, the small group of students left the building at Binghamton University at midnight Tuesday, campus security said.

Katie Ellis, a university spokeswoman, said a forum Monday night with administrators went well and both sides agreed to meet on hammering out reforms.

The sit-in began last Wednesday when 75 to 100 students peacefully occupied the lobby of the building. They were protesting use of pepper spray by campus security officers the previous night to break up a fracas.

The protesters, mostly members of minority groups, dwindled to about a dozen students by the weekend. They also were angry over decisions made by the majority-white Student Association and said the organization was violating affirmative-action guidelines. The disturbance that provoked the protest involved efforts by members of the group to push their way into a student government meeting.

Ms. Ellis said the Broome County district attorney's office would conduct a complete investigation into the pepper spray incident and a commission will investigate public safety policies.

Since the protesters did no damage to the building, they were granted amnesty.

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