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Photo: Sweatshop sit-in

A dozen students held a sit-in April 3 in the President's Office to protest the University's decision not to adopt a Designated Suppliers Program (DSP) proposal for the manufacture of university-licensed goods. When asked to leave the Fleming Administration Building after it closed at 5 p.m., the students failed to leave voluntarily. They were arrested without incident by campus police, processed and released. The University's Advisory Committee on Labor Standards and Human Rights (ACLSHR) recommended a year ago that U-M not endorse the DSP proposal because of concerns about its structure and potential unintended and negative consequences for apparel workers. ACLSHR has been working to enhance the effectiveness of U-M's Code of Conduct for Licensees and monitoring DSP developments. The committee made up of students, faculty and staff is expected to report on alternatives to the DSP to President Mary Sue Coleman during the week of April 16, and she has invited involved students to meet with her and the ACLSHR April 20 to discuss the report. (Photo by Scott Galvin, U-M Photo Services)

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