FULLERTON, Calif.–A group of 50 California State University Fullerton and Dominguez Hills students and faculty are conducting a sit-in today at the Fullerton campus’ administration building to protest cuts to the university system’s budget.

The sit-in was begun by 20 Fullerton students at 9 p.m. Monday in Langsdorf Hall, following a meeting with university President Milton Gordon, where he was asked to sign the “Declaration to Defend Education,” or write a joint statement.

Instead, Gordon wrote his own statement supporting education.

Students remained on the second floor of the building after the meeting because Gordon “was unwilling to work with them on a joint statement they all could support,” students said in a release.

Students from California State University Dominguez Hills arrived at the Fullerton campus to join the sit-in at 11:30 p.m. Monday and California State University Los Angeles students were expected to arrive at 10 a.m. today.

Campus police said they would not remove them and locked the doors for entry at 10 p.m. Monday, planning to reopen the doors in the morning. The doors were open for students to leave the building.

“We’re making our periodic checks to check on their wellbeing,” CSU Fullerton campus police Sgt. Thomas Higgs said.