On Friday afternoon, students across the street waved signs, yelled and banged drums. Their banner slogans included "Make NYU affordable" and "This is what Democracy looks like."
Overnight, dozens of supporters had scuffled with police outside the building; one was arrested for disorderly conduct. NYU spokesman James Devitt said protesters broke a door lock and injured a security officer.
He said protesters had been warned that they could be violating campus rules for staying past the building's 1 a.m. closing time.
In a statement, Devitt said school officials had offered "to sit down and have a dialogue with the students if they left the cafeteria," but they rejected the offer.
The protest began when about 60 members of a coalition called "Take Back NYU!" pushed tables and chairs against the doors. Some left the cafeteria after the warning.
The students want NYU to release information on its budget and endowment, including staff salaries and financial aid, and details about people and firms linked to its investments.
The protesters also have made the Palestinian-Israeli conflict part of their cause, demanding that the university donate "excess supplies and materials" to help rebuild a university damaged in December by Israeli air raids. They also want NYU to provide annual scholarships to Palestinian students.
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