University of California students clash with police at protest over proposed tuition hike

University of California students have clashed with police outside a meeting of the UC Board of Regents before its expected vote on another tuition increase.

UC spokesman Pete King says police arrested at least 16 protesters Wednesday who tried to cross a police barricade in San Francisco.

Christine Byon of the UC Students Association says a group of student protesters was pepper-sprayed.

Inside the meeting, several students urged the board to vote against the proposed 8 percent tuition increase.

UC officials say the fee hike is needed because the cash-strapped state has slashed funding to the 10-campus system.

The board is scheduled to vote on the tuition proposal Thursday.