03/30/2015 09:03 EDT | Updated 05/30/2015 05:59 EDT

UQAM students block entrances to downtown campus

A group of protesters at Université du Québec à Montréal blocked the entrances to several buildings at the downtown campus this morning. 

Students say they are demonstrating against the potential expulsion of nine students for their involvement in previous demonstrations at the university, as well as the cuts outlined in last week's provincial budget. 

The demonstration appears to have had little impact since many students are already boycotting classes, though some in the university's management faculty didn't expect to find the entryway to their classes blocked.  

"I was surprised, because since the boycott started last week there hadn't been any difficulty getting to classes," Maude Trudeau told CBC News.

Some of the protesters wore masks or scarves that concealed their identity.