Howard University students piled into the school’s administration building yesterday and remained there as of this morning, demanding the resignation university President Wayne A.I. Frederick, after details of a financial aid scandal were exposed.
An anonymous Medium post, which has now been removed, was published yesterday, accusing Frederick of knowing about the embezzlement of nearly $1 million for almost a year. Six employees who were accused of “double dipping” financial aid funds were fired, but university officials made no announcement of the action.
— Mary-Pat C. Hector (@MaryPatHector) March 30, 2018
Students posted signs with a list of demands — including greater transparency and more student authority — outside the building and as of the morning, remained inside as the school announced classes were cancelled for the day.
The university posted a statement on their official news site early Friday, in which Frederick claimed that “I am listening to you, and I am challenging my team to make the changes you are expressing a dire need to see. In addition to that, I would like to further increase the engagement with a larger and broader portion of our student body.”
— Wallaby Wallace (@wallabyeee) March 30, 2018
They used social media to outline the reasons behind the protest and to call for solidarity. Rhianna was one of the many who responded, retweeting a video showing the students singing her song “Bitch Better Have My Money.”
— Rihanna (@rihanna) March 30, 2018
On Tuesday, an anonymous blog post claimed that Howard University employees had been stealing from the school's financial aid fund. On Wednesday, Howard confirmed 6 employees were fired for misappropriating funds, secretly keeping aid money for themselves.https://t.co/eFA4Xg0vuN
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) March 28, 2018
— Blavity (@Blavity) March 28, 2018
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