The dispute arose outside a U-M Board of Regents meeting regarding admissions of minority students.
The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. outside the meeting in the Michigan Union Anderson Room.
University of Michigan Spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says eight protesters were arrested after they broke through a table barrier, knocking over four tables.
Fitzgerald says police tackled the protesters, while the meeting continued after the incident.
Police maintained a "heavy presence" outside the meeting, which continued after closing its doors.
Protesters continued chanting outside without further physical conflict.
Photos and video courtesy of Banen Al-Sheemary, who witnessed the incident.
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