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Protesters interrupt a University of California Board of Regents meeting in Sacramento. (CBS)

Protesters interrupt a University of California Board of Regents meeting in Sacramento. (CBS)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – Protesters disrupted a University of California board meeting where officials are discussing a tuition increase to help close its budget shortfall Wednesday.

Members of the UC Board of Regents left the meeting room at the Sacramento Convention Center shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday after a dozen protesters stood up, began chanting and clapping hands and refused requests to stop.

The demonstrators said they are protesting “UC management,” tuition hikes and police crackdowns on campus protests.

The disruption occurred just before the regents were set to consider plans to raise tuition this fall to offset state budget cuts. The board is not scheduled to vote on a tuition increase Wednesday.

The UC Board of Regents on Wednesday also approved the appointment of Pradeep Khosla as UC San Diego’s eighth chancellor. Khosla was Carnegie Mellon University’s engineering school dean.

The India native will succeed Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, who she is stepping down Aug. 1 after eight years.

Khosla’s annual salary will be $411,084, about 5 percent more than Fox’s annual pay of $392,200.

UC officials say Fox’s salary has not increased in nearly five years and Khosla’s UC San Diego salary is less than what he’s currently paid.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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