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Howard University students stage sit-in following financial aid scandal

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dozens of Howard University students are staging a sit-in at the administration building on campus.

Students have gathered for a peaceful protest inside the building and say they are refusing to leave until the administration meets certain demands, including the resignation of University President Dr. Wayne Frederick.

Members of the student-led group "HU Resist" listed the demands in a document on their Twitter page.

The group says they organized the protest a few days ago, but their reasoning escalated on Wednesday.

A student whistleblower made an anonymous post on Medium alleging that Howard employees stole nearly a million dollars in financial aid funding.

President Frederick responded with a statement explaining that an outside audit of Howard’s Financial Aid Office uncovered that nearly a decade's worth of university issued financial aid had been misappropriated by staff from 2007 to 2016.

"Finding out that somebody was literally stuffing money into their pockets, it’s not the issue that they were stealing money but where they were stealing it from," says Zachary Graham, a senior. "People’s lives were thrown off course because of this and this is the part where we mobilize and we take action."

On the "HU Resist" Twitter page, students posted that they were getting food and water donations during the sit-in.

University Spokesperson Crystal Brown released the following statement on the sit-in:

"Today several Howard University students gathered at the Administration Building for a peaceful sit-in to voice their concerns over the recent news of the dismissal of six university employees connected to malfeasance. Howard University students have a legendary history of exercising their civic rights. We support this whole-heartedly."

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