University of Puerto Rico president resigns
Associated Press
2011-02-12 06:43 AM
The president of the University of Puerto Rico has resigned amid student protests against a new fee.

Jose Ramon de la Torre submitted his resignation letter on Friday, a day after dozens of students clashed with police on campus. He said he was stepping down for personal reasons.

De la Torre spokesman Peter Quinones provided a copy of the letter.

Sen. Eduardo Bhatia said in a statement that de la Torre's departure does not solve the university's problems and demanded that police leave campus.

Bhatia also requested that the island's governor and university officials meet with students.

Students have organized several protests against an $800 yearly fee imposed to reduce the system's budget deficit.

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