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Sick Buildings Lead to Student Protests at Howard University

  November 17, 2021

By Greg Zimmerman

Students at Howard University took over a common area at the university and slept in tents and on air mattresses for more than a month to protest the poor and sick building conditions of their dorm facilities. According to the Washington Post, students are claiming that facilities haven’t been a priority for the university for many years.  

Issues included mold, roach and rat infestations, and regular flooding, according to CNN. At least one student reported allergic reactions to the mold, including coughing, congestion, and headaches.

One student posted a photo on Twitter of a flooded hallway after a pipe burst. 

Another student posted a photo of an ancient thermostat set only to 60 degrees when temperatures were in the 30s outside. 

Earlier this week, the students and university finally came to an agreement to improve the facilities. While specifics about the agreement haven’t been announced, the president of the university Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, referenced the campus’s 2020 master plan which proposes to invest millions in university facilities.   

Greg Zimmerman is editor, Building Operating Management magazine and



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