Protesters later received emails informing them the Office of Student Conduct had opened up inquiries into the events that occurred during the event. The coalition then arranged to speak with the president.
“A group of us met with President Price on Thursday,” protest organizer Gino Nuzzolillo said. “We had a discussion about the protest, and it sounded like we both came to an understanding on where each of us were. From that meeting, we got a commitment from President Price to meet with us again before the school year was out. We also got him to send us a public statement about his desire to continue working with us."
Duke history professor William Chafe said he, along with over 100 faculty members, signed a letter to the administration urging them not to punish the students who protested.
“Those of us who have been working with students for a long time agree that the initial efforts of seeking disciplinary action just seem to be the wrong way to resolve these issues,” Chafe said. “It’s much more important to talk than to punish.”
After the meeting with Price and other top administrators, the student conduct investigations into the activists’ actions were stopped.
“We are celebrating this win and are excited to hear that the administration chose the correct action,” the coalition said in a statement published in The Chronicle Saturday. "We look forward to working with the administration (toward) fulfilling our vision of a better Duke."
The coalition’s protest has brought a lot of attention to the group.
“Our coalition has since almost quadrupled in size now,” Nuzzolillo said. “We are close to over 140 folks who are plugged in. We're meeting tonight to chart long-term strategy and see how this energy is sustained.”
Nuzzolillo is hopeful for the future success of the group.
“I'm very optimistic,” he said. “Optimism paired with realism. We understand that it’s not going to be easy to implement some of these demands, but we have a strong coalition behind us. As more people get involved with this, we'll have more ideas, more debate. The manifesto will continue to change to represent what the actual People's State of the University is.”