Chatham protesters asked to leave campus property

Chatham University alumnae who were protesting the university's proposal to go coed were asked to leave the campus on Woodland Road this morning and relocated their protest to Fifth Avenue along the Squirrel Hill university's entrance.

Chatham University spokesman Bill Campbell said that about five to 10 people were protesting the proposal which is expected to come up at the May 1 board meeting.

He said Chatham has approved a protest on the Quad on May 1, but today's protest was "not an authorized protest."

He said the location on Woodland Road in front of the Mellon Center, where the administration is based, was on private property and informational picketing was not permitted on private property. He said they were asked to move to a public location.

"They moved without incident and dispersed," he said.

Christina Griffin, a 2007 Chatham alumna, said protesters started at Mellon Center at 9 a.m. and were met minutes later by campus police.

She said the group asked if they could sit without displaying their signs, but were told they could not.

Eleven protesters moved to Fifth Avenue at the university's entrance, where they were holding signs, she said.

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