WASHINGTON (WJLA) — Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick responded Wednesday to allegations that school funds were misappropriated to employees in the university's financial aid office.
"An investigation of individual employee actions was completed in September 2017 and as a result, six employees have been fired for gross misconduct and neglect of duties," Frederick said.l
According to Frederick, "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."
#BREAKING “From the moment I was alerted that there may have been a misappropriation of funds, I have taken this situation extremely seriously. I immediately informed the Board of Trustees, and together we moved swiftly to begin an internal investigation.” - @HUPrez17— Anna-Lysa Gayle (@ABC7Annalysa) March 28, 2018
An anonymous author allegedly leaked the information, according to ABC7's Anna-Lysa Gayle.
A spokeswoman from Howard University answered the following questions in regard to the allegations Wednesday:
Q: Are you able to provide the names of the employees who were fired?
A: As a matter of protocol, Howard does not release private employee information.
Q: Are they facing any charges?
A: An investigation of individual employee actions was completed in September 2017 and as a result, six employees have been terminated for gross misconduct and neglect of duties. We will refer this matter for criminal prosecution, as appropriate.
Q: Also, what was the amount in question?
A: We don’t have a final amount but we are working with our outside experts to ensure every dollar is accounted for and the University will exercise all of our options to recoup the funds.
Now that we have two sides to the story. What are your thoughts? President Frederick says he was alerted in December 2016 about the alleged misappropriation of funds. Auditors completed their investigation in May 2017. Should he have reported it to the campus community sooner?— Anna-Lysa Gayle (@ABC7Annalysa) March 28, 2018