Return Homeless Student to University Housing

Target: Kurt Schmoke, Dean of Howard University

Goal: Return student to his housing after he was expelled from his dorm and left homeless.

Jawanza Ingram was trying to plan a nice night for his friend when things turned for the worst. The 18-year-old Howard University student had planned a surprise party for his friend and let a few of the guests in through a side door of his dorm building. The guests left without incident after the party was over. The party did not have alcohol, drugs, or any noise complaints. However, this harmless celebration was met with an intense backlash by Howard University.

Ingram received an email from the school the day after the party saying he had violated safety rules and was being expelled from school housing. The door Ingram used to let his friends in was not meant to be used, therefore he had broken the schools safety rules. Ingram understood he made a mistake yet felt the punishment was extremely unjust. He met with the schools administrators to apologize and try to fix the situation but they only responded with “I don’t knows.”

Since the incident, Ingram has become homeless. His school had no problem immediately expelling him from his housing yet has been slow to find a solution to this problem. Sign this petition and demand that the school return this innocent student to his housing.


Dear Dean Schmoke,

I am writing you today because I am deeply disappointed in Howard University’s reaction towards its students safety violation. Jawanza Ingram was letting a few of his friends into the side door of his dorm for his friend’s surprise party. The party did not have drugs, alcohol, and did not cause any noise complaints yet Ingram received an email from the school the next day calling to expel him from his student housing. Ingram’s use of the dorm’s side door was a violation and he was willing to meet with the school’s administrators and apologize profusely. However, the school still insisted on sticking to their original punishment.

Ingram is at your school on a full scholarship and does not have any previous rule violations. He was incredibly willing to own up to his mistake and apologize. The punishment is uncalled for and your school should not force a student into homelessness just for opening a door. I urge you to return this student to his housing and apologize for forcing him onto the streets.


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