LAWRENCE, Kan. (KAKE) - Three University of Kansas students face trespassing charges after police arrested them at a pro-Palestine rally on campus. 

KU students marched from the encampment site at Fraser Hall down to the Anschutz Library at the heart of campus. That's where the university says students violated University Policy.

“It's genuinely really shocking to me how much police force was called both on Tuesday and Thursday for genuinely a peaceful protest,” said a protester who wanted to be identified as SR. 

They were there during the protest and march. The University of Kansas says the school allowed the “KU Students for Justice in Palestine” to exercise the right to free speech. Due to commencement ceremonies taking place, the University sent a notice asking them to clear out on Thursday May 9th by 10 p.m.

“We also took the step of setting up some of the tents that have been torn down periodically throughout the week as a statement that we are not leaving,” said SR. 

The University said officers arrested three students for causing a disturbance as students were studying for finals. Noting after Thursday’s 10 p.m. deadline they were violating policy.

“When they were arrested in the library for disrupting studies, I don't believe that the encampment folks were being like loud and disruptive,” said SR.

The University sent KAKE News a statement that reads in part:

The University reserves the right to reschedule, relocate, or disperse an assembly when: a group has not complied with all University Policies.