Howard students take over building to protest University embezzlement scandal

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They stormed a University of Howard building in Washington DC on Thursday to protest against the school's massive financial aid scandal - with the help of a little bit of Rihanna.

In a statement on Friday afternoon, the board of trustees said it stood with Dr. Frederick on the handling of the financial aid matter and on his response to HU Resist's demands.

And the students are getting plenty of support as they continue to protest at their school, including from the star herself, who took to Twitter to show her approval of their song choice.

In the video, the students could be heard chanting the lyrics to Riri's song as they throw their hands up and stand in the school's administrative building.

The misappropriated grant money wasn't from the federal government, nor was it money donors designated for grants.

The law student said he stopped working at the financial aid office during his undergraduate years from 2011-2015.

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With social media activism on the rise, Howard student organizations are holding protests around campus to advocate "student power [VIDEO]" and have voiced their concerns through the hashtags #HUResist and #StudentPowerHU.

The Howard University Board of Trustees released a statement of support Friday on Frederick's behalf, while Frederick addressed students in a statement promising to respond to students' needs. Students were still occupying the building at press time this morning.

Frederick confirmed his knowledge of the investigation only after an anonymous Medium post - which is no longer available online - brought some of its details to light, and some students are now calling for him to resign.

"I am listening to you, and I am challenging my team to make the changes you are expressing a dire need to see".

In a statement on Wednesday, Frederick said he first learned of a possible problem in December 2016 and launched an investigation, which determined that from 2007 to 2016, some university employees received a combination of tuition remission and grants that exceeded the total cost of attendance. "In addition to that, I would like to further increase the engagement with a larger and broader portion of our student body".

The firings took place in September, 2017, and were made public Wednesday in Frederick's statement. "We've just been seeing an influx of new faces", he said.

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