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Auraria Campus spends $670,000 in response to pro-Palestinian protests in Denver

Auraria spends $670,000 in response to pro-Palestinian protest on Denver campus
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The pro-Palestinian protest on the Auraria campus will cost some Colorado taxpayers about $670,000. The protests spanned about three weeks in April and May. 


In response to an open records request by CBS Colorado's Shaun Boyd, Auraria Higher Education provided a breakdown of expenses associated with the demonstration.

While it's still tallying the full cost, Auraria said replacing the Tivoli Quad where protestors camped out for 3 weeks will cost an estimated $200,000.

A Saturday, May 18, 2024 photo shows Tivoli Quad at Auraria Campus cleared of tents and protesters at the site of an encampment that stood since April 25. Courtesy / Auraria Campus

Other expenses include:

  • $1,679 on food and water
  • $18,200 on marketing
  • $462 on materials
  • $163,933 on third-party security
  • $32,723 on support from the State Emergency Operations Center
  • $11,196 on fencing
  • $18,000 on tech support
  • $1,768 on environmental restoration
  • $57,343 on campus police overtime
  • $122,826 on lost revenue from events
  • $25,000 on lost revenue from parking
  • $11,136 on lost Starbucks revenue
  • $3,813 on the King Center
  • $855 on custodial overtime

The Auraria Campus is located in downtown Denver and has facilities for the University of Colorado at Denver, Metropolitan State University and Community College of Denver.  

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