They started with letters to university administrators. When that didn't yield results, they tried scheduling a meeting with President Brian Hemphill but were rebuffed.
Simon says that was because the decision didn't come from the president's office, but from the provost's office. The students were eventually granted a meeting with Ramon Stuart, the interim assistant provost. More than 20 people attended.
Laws said Stuart seemed sympathetic, but that meeting ultimately resulted in a letter from the provost saying it was a personnel matter.
"They heard us out but you could tell, I could tell, that it really fell on deaf ears," Smith said.
That's when the group decided to hold a public rally. It's scheduled just an hour before state Supreme Court justices are set to hold hearings on campus. The high court occasionally holds sessions outside regular chambers for educational purposes.
Simon said school officials had not been notified of the students' plans and would not comment on the rally.
Ibn-Hyman didn't respond to requests for comment.
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