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The University of California, Berkeley built an emergency exit near Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ office as a security measure against potential student protesters.

The $9,000 escape hatch is intended to "provide egress" if protesters storm the administration building, campus newspaper The Daily Californian reported.

The emergency exit - which was built in secret last month - was ordered in response to an April 2015 protest during which students stormed the chancellor’s suite and staged a sit-in outside his office.

Students who spoke to the paper did not appear to be happy with the escape hatch.

“There has to be other ways to handle student concerns and protests than simply building ways to avoid them,” student government association Senator-elect Chris Yamas said. “The chancellor seems elitist and out of touch and inaccessible to the students."

A Daily Californian staff editorial also roundly criticized the door, which was installed just months after the university constructed a nearly $700,000 fence around the chancellor’s campus residence amid security concerns.

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