- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke University officials say student protesters are occupying a reception area near the school president’s office for a fifth day.

School spokesman Keith Lawrence said Tuesday that the protesters were still sitting in near President Richard Brodhead’s office in the Allen Building, which is closed for a second day. Officials have said nine students are involved in the sit-in.

The students want three administrators fired, including one involved in a dispute with a parking attendant. The attendant sued, accusing the administrator of using a racial slur.

Duke executive vice president Tallman Trask III has denied making any racial comment but apologized in a statement Monday for his conduct.

The protesters also want a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers.

Duke officials said Monday that they’d continue to negotiate with students only after they leave voluntarily.

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