Exactly one week after barricading themselves on the 8th floor of the Cooper Union Foundation Building, 11 of the school's art students officially ended their occupation Monday.

The students first entered the Peter Cooper Suite in the lower Manhattan building on Dec. 3 at noon, barricading themselves in protest of Cooper Union's plans to charge tuition for the first time in the school's 110 year history.

Outside, other Cooper Union students held multiple demonstrations, including a march and the disruption of a Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 5. They demanded they be given a student representative with full voting rights on the board, and that the board's meetings be open to the public, like those of most public and many private universities.

The Cooper Union administration requested the students come down several times, but never said it would resort to calling police to forcibly remove them. No one was arrested at any of the demonstrations outside the occupation over the last week.

In front of the Foundation Building Monday, student occupier Victoria Sobel promised students will continue to show up at every future board meeting.

"Our only regret is we didn't lock in sooner," Sobel said of the occupation. She added students would like to implement a process by which board members can be removed by a vote of students, faculty and Cooper Union community members.

The administration has declined to answer whether it is open to meeting any of the students' demands.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • Newspapers distributed to lay out their grievances

  • Emma Francis Synder and Sara Beth Curtis, two CUNY students at the rally and march

  • A recent alumnae of Cooper Union

  • During the speaker portion of the rally

  • A demonstrator who chose to rap a few bars

  • Pots and pans

  • Red Felt Squares

    The red felt squares are symbols popularized by the student movement in Canada, adapted in the U.S. to represent tuition hikes and student debt.

  • Free Cooper

  • Uhuru Manana, 11, who says he wants to go to Cooper Union some day

  • Ola Manana (left) with her son Uhuru

    Ola Manana graduated from Cooper Union in 2000 as an art student. She said she would've never been able to leave Nebraska to attend a New York university without Cooper's scholarships.

  • Saar Shemesh

    Shemesh transferred to Cooper Union from CUNY- Brooklyn to study art.

  • Saar Shemesh

  • Strike Debt organizers joined the rally, and the march had police escorts

  • Demonstrators wave to the occupying students above

  • The students who have barricaded themselves in the 8th floor clocktower look down at the demonstrators

  • Outside the Foundation Building

  • Outside the Foundation Building

  • Pinning A Red Felt Square On A Peter Cooper Artwork

  • An artwork of Peter Cooper, founder of the Cooper Union college

  • Additional banners have been hung from the Cooper Union Foundation Building