Last year, the UMass Foundation dropped its stocks in big coal; but now, student activists are demanding divestment from all fossil fuels. On Tuesday, fifteen students were arrested after they refused to end a sit-in at a UMass Amherst administration building.

Administrators at the University of Massachusetts are pledging to advocate for divestment from fossil fuel companies.

In a statement, UMass President Marty Meehan said he broadly shares the goals that student activists have been advocating for.

Skeptics, though, argue that divestment from fossil fuels is only a feel-good measure that would accomplish little. 

So far, only a handful of schools, including Hampshire College and Syracuse, have pledged to fully divest from fossil fuels. Yale announced yesterday that it would partially divest.