The Amarapura Township Court found the students guilty of violating the peaceful assembly law and of burning effigies during the protest last December.
The court sentenced them to two months in jail for violating the law and three months with hard labour for burning the effigies.
“When we are released, we’ll keep demanding an improvement in security at the university,” said Ko Ye Myo Swe, one of the students. “Arresting and sentencing protesters causes distrust between the government and students.”
During a series of protests in December, the students demanded better security at the university, the repair of damaged toilets, and more cleaners.
At one of the protests, the students burned an effigy of a coffin that bore the photos of the Mandalay chief minister, the regional Electricity and Construction minister, the Border Affairs minister, the deputy minister for Home Affairs, and the university rector.
The students have already spent nearly a month and a half in jail, which will be subtracted from their sentences.