ITHACA, NY – On Friday, the Ithaca College activist group People of Color at Ithaca College (POC at IC) announced they would be holding a second walkout, according to a press release.

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This follows a week-long occupation of the Peggy Ryan Williams Building, Ithaca College’s primary administration building. The group’s goal remains the resignation or removal of IC President Tom Rochon.

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It is also exactly one month after a 1,000-person strong walkout demonstration that occurred in mid-November. Since then, the student body held a vote, with 72% of respondents – 2,695 students – voting no confidence in IC President Tom Rochon.

Related: Over 70 percent of Ithaca College student voters say no confidence in president

According to the group’s release, Friday’s walkout is a response to the fact that Rochon has not made any statement to address the results of the no confidence vote.

Rochon has been holding open office hours, which the group characterized as “disingenuous,” as he hasn’t held any meaningful dialogue with the many students occupying the Peggy Ryan William’s building.

“Consequently, members of POCatIC will be hosting a walkout today… to present demands and observe Tom Rochon’s display of incompetence to lead as president of the institution,” read the release.

At the time of this writing, 150 students said they were attending, according to the group’s Facebook event page.

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Michael Smith

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