Students at Howard University are demanding answers after six employees were fired for stealing funds. On Thursday, students protested the administration—demanding answers and transparency—by rallying together and blaring Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money," as Huff Post reported.
Rihanna herself Re-Tweeted the footage and added a flexing arm emoji as a sign of solidarity to the students.
The protest at the historically black university took place at the administration building and was organized by HU Resist, a student-run organization. The protest included sit-ins and students posting signs with their demands, like holding faculty and staff accountable and asking for University President Wayne A.I. Frederick to resign.
An outside auditor found last year that university employees had misappropriated financial aid funding for the duration of nine years, as CNN reports. President Frederick confirmed the news through a press release on Wednesday.
"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. As a result, some individuals received inappropriate refunds. Note that University grants are institutional funds used to help support students with student charges. They are not federal funds or donor directed funds."
According to the statement, an investigation was conducted that ended in September 2017. Six employees were fired for gross misconduct and neglect of duties. The statement did not specify the amount that was stolen. However, a Medium post was circulated on Tuesday by a whistleblower who alleged that as much as $1 million was taken, according to CNBC. That Medium post, which went viral, has been taken down.
Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money" has financial significance to the pop star as well. In 2014, Rihanna alleged that she lost $9 million due to the bad advice of her accountants, as the New York Daily News reported. Many fans and critics wondered if "Bitch Better Have My Money" was a bold response to those that had allegedly stolen Rihanna's money, as Fader noted.
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