As a hunger strike at UC Berkeley entered its second week, university leaders who say they are concerned for the students' health offered an in-person meeting with Chancellor Robert Birgeneau on Wednesday in exchange for an immediate end to the protest.
"It appears to us that they will not end this hunger strike until they meet face-to-face with the chancellor," said campus spokeswoman Claire Holmes.
Despite the school's offer, some 200 protesters - including several hunger strikers - marched to Birgeneau's campus residence Monday evening to demand a meeting right away.
A spokeswoman for Birgeneau offered to set the meeting for today, but the students would not agree to an immediate end to the strike. They said, however, that four strikers who are declining liquids would begin to drink again.
The hunger strike began in response to a new Arizona law requiring police in that state to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally.
Hunger strikers presented the administration with four main demands: that Birgeneau publicly oppose the Arizona law, make the campus a sanctuary for undocumented students and workers, rehire more than two dozen laid-off janitors, and drop disciplinary proceedings against dozens of students who occupied or vandalized buildings last fall to protest rising fees.
Additional demands have since included a commitment to preserve ethnic studies in light of challenges to such courses in Arizona and allowing students to help reform rules on student conduct.