Students at Howard University announced they are ending their protest over poor housing conditions after reaching an agreement with the school’s administration.
For a little over a month now, starting Oct. 12, students at Howard University have been sleeping in tents and air mattresses at the school’s Blackburn Center after complaints about the school’s being dorms being hazardous for living. Some students reported mold, flooding, as well as mice and roach infestations.
“We’re paying $48,000 a year — $50,000 for some people — to be living with mold and being hospitalized. With rats and roaches. That’s not Howard,” sophomore Tia-Andrea Scott told News4 during an interview last month. Students demanded the school provide them with a plan on how it will fix the housing issues and more be more honest with them in the future.
On Monday, the school tweeted that both parties had come to an agreement. “Howard University is pleased to announce we have come to an agreement with the students who occupied Blackburn. Howard President Dr. Frederick later shared a message on the school’s website and YouTube channel, “We have so much more to accomplish together, and the future for all of Howard looks very bright.”
Howard University is pleased to announce we have come to an agreement with the students who occupied Blackburn, and will share a longer message from Dr. Wayne Frederick on this topic later today.
— Howard University (@HowardU) November 15, 2021