Due to people losing their jobs and evictions, and some businesses no longer supplying black merchants, students began a protest. The students first asked school administration to boycott those who were denying service to black store owners, when this failed to happen, they began a hunger strike. The students also began a process of selective buying, where they wouldn't but from merchants who opposed school integration. Because of these protests, 15 students were expelled or suspended.
Fifty years after the protest, the ninth President of SCSU made a formal apology for the way the University handled itself during the protest. The former students were happy with the apology, many being present for the first time since then.