Students stormed the University of Wollongong's Academic Senate meeting on Wednesday morning to protest against slated fee hikes and cuts to staff numbers.
The Senate is set to vote on a series of fee hikes for students that have been approved by the federal government.
While the federal government has approved the increases, which will see students pay 113 per cent more to study humanities and communications courses from next year, the Senate has the final say over whether they are introduced on the campus.
The university Senate also has a say over staffing, and has so far approved cuts of 150 staff.
Wollongong Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) representative Jasmine Duff forced her way in the meeting and addressed the Senate.
"We're asking all of you to make the decision not to raise fees at the University of Wollongong," Ms Duff said.
"We're also here today to oppose staff cuts. It should not be professional and academic staff who are forced to suffer, it should be the vice-chancellor's salary getting cut.
"The government is attempting to force the burden of this crisis upon the shoulders of staff and students at this university. We reject this, and we are calling for you to do the same. We're here to make two demands of you. The first is no staff cuts. The second is no fee increases."
Incoming WUSA education officer Dylon Tomasi said UOW should condemn the move by the government to raise the ceiling on fees.
"UOW should instead focus on providing enriching learning environments where students don't have to go into debt if they choose to do humanities or fail their first year of university or have to work while studying. Education is a right," Mr Tomasi said.
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