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Howard University student activists end 9-day sit-in: #StudentPowerHU

It’s been a long nine days, but it’s well worth the time for student activists who led a demonstration at Howard University.

Lead organizer of HU Resist, Alexis McKenney, tells CNN, who broke the story, “This is a long time coming. Today’s a historic moment; this is the longest standing occupation of a building in Howard’s history.”


Students staged a sit-in and have occupied the Howard University administration building since March 29. They demanded a bigger voice in university decisions, among other concerns, including issues of public safety, sexual harassment and assault, mental health and grievance mechanisms.

A revelation by an outside auditor found that university employees¬†misappropriated financial aid money¬†from 2007 to 2016, which spurred the¬†demonstration. According to CNN,¬†six university employees were fired for “double-dipping” financial aid and “Some university employees were receiving grants from the school to attend classes, while also receiving tuition remission.”


Howard University president Wayne A.I. Frederick says in a statement,¬†“The investigation found that from 2007 to 2016, University grants were given to some University employees who also received tuition remission.¬†The audit revealed that the combination of University grants and tuition remission exceeded the total cost of attendance. As a result, some individuals received inappropriate refunds.”

Frederick congratulated the students for their resistance.

After the jump, you can read in detail how the demands were addressed:

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