The vote comes as Howard students continued their occupation of the university’s administration building on the Northwest Washington campus. Demonstrators have camped out there since March 29 as negotiations with the university’s Board of Trustees continued.
The student protesters have demanded the resignation of Howard’s embattled president. Students have also called for an overhaul of policies related to sexual assault, improvements in how the school handles mental health concerns and a greater voice in university decision-making.
The student protest at Howard, and the faculty vote, followed a financial aid scandal at the historically black institution, though students taking part in the demonstration have said their concerns transcend that matter. The university last week disclosed the alleged financial aid misdeeds that prompted the firings of six employees. The scandal was the latest in a string of incidents that have upset Howard’s students, faculty and staff.