A demonstrator is detained by police officers during in Ferguson. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

Following days of unrest in their communities, some Ferguson-area college students have been told they can move into campus housing sooner than expected.

Southeast Missouri State University students who live in the northern St. Louis suburbs received information about the decision this week, according to a report in the Southeast Missourian.

“We just don’t want students to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, ” university president Kenneth Dobbins told The Post in a phone interview Wednesday. “And we thought that it would be an opportunity for them to come here.”

The university expects about two dozen students to take advantage of the offer, Dobbins said.

Crowds have gathered in Ferguson since early last week to protest the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Police, state troopers and the National Guard have also gathered in the city, where the unrest has occasionally turned violent.

“This is just one way of saying, we care,” Dobbins said. “If you need a place, come on down to Southeast now.”