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COPY-SIU enforces ban on on-campus camps by protesters

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Southern Illinois University's campus in Carbondale is allowing protesters to take part in the Occupy Wall Street movement, but camping out on campus isn't welcome.

WSIL-TV (http://bit.ly/o7aJVW ) reports that police took down a tent on the 20,000-student campus Wednesday after protesters resisted doing it themselves. The protest began less than a week ago.

The school doesn't have a policy specifically barring tents on campus. But administrators don't want them set up. They say allowing them could become an option for the area's homeless or students unwilling to pay for dorm space.

The protesters eventually struck a deal with SIU's administrators, who will allow the protesters to set up two canopies on rainy days.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Information from: WSIL-TV, http://www.wsiltv.com

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