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Six Howard University employees fired following investigation of financial abuses

Schools officials tell NBC News the university will “exercise all options to recoup the funds.”

By Todd Johnson,

Six Howard University employees were fired last year for “gross misconduct and neglect of duties” following an independent auditor’s investigation into misappropriation of financial aid funds, according to a statement from the school’s president Wayne A.I. Frederick.

The firings took place in September, 2017, and were made public Wednesday in Frederick’s statement.

According to the statement, some university employees received two kinds of benefits when they were only supposed to receive one. One kind of benefit is tuition remission, which waives tuition costs for employees who are enrolled in university classes. The other benefit was a university grant. The two benefits together added up to more than the cost of attendance, which resulted in the employees receiving improper refunds.


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