Hampton University Students Call Out The HBCU For Spoiled Food, Moldy Dorms, Student Event Cuts And More
The current issues include "inedible food" and "old" dorms filled with "mold," among others.
This week, students at Hampton University held a town hall meeting with administrators to discuss grievances they have with the school, its policies and its administration.
A current Hampton student who attended the meeting told Blavity that during the town hall, many students expressed their concerns regarding health inspection flags, moldy dorm rooms, being served spoiled foods and receiving inadequate support for shooting and sexual assault victims.
"Students brought up the cafe situation, how students have been finding bugs in their food, spoiled foods, and even a METAL GEAR in pasta," current student Aleem Mims told Blavity. "Another student brought up a mold situation in her room which had gotten so bad that she had developed a case of laryngitis. Mold had formed due to her room flooding, and the mold had made its way around the room and eventually into the climate control unit."
"I have witnessed mold infestations remain untreated for weeks. I have seen roaches/mice crawling around dorms as if they also attend HU," he added. Mims also shared moments from the meeting on Twitter by using the hashtag #HUTownHall.
And in case you missed it, here’s tonight’s finale #HUTownHall pic.twitter.com/XSK9kkQ3zu— amims (@lordaleeem) February 21, 2018On Wednesday, a Hampton University student named Alesia also aired out her grievances with the university by drawing attention to the "inedible" food allegedly served in the school's cafe and mold reportedly growing in several of the school's buildings.
These are problems occurring at Hampton University right now. The dorms are old and have mold, the cafe serves inedible food, our academic buildings have not been renovated for years AND there is no campus life due to 12-2, BOTS and the harbors being taken away. #HUTownHall pic.twitter.com/il1aGs2kPF— Alesia ✨ (@alesiataylorxo) February 21, 2018
Following the tweet, the hashtag #HUTownHall buzzed about Twitter with current students and alumni chiming in to share their thoughts and experiences:
On today’s episode of #HUTownHall !! This was found in the cafe today !!! A bolt/gear was cooked in with pasta and placed out to be served🤔🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/nYZ4Kx7fJb— Lo (@lorlinaa) February 21, 2018
just gonna leave this here too pic.twitter.com/AzLhDVesoC— 10pc wing fan acc (@KaylaTheLight) February 21, 2018
pic.twitter.com/LGP0Lcuoia— Riley Carmicheal (@liyah_taylor978) February 21, 2018
A lot of people are saying “transfer, get out while you can,” but honestly I don’t think I can leave this place before I know I’ve tried to stand up and make a change. Because no matter how upset this school makes me, I still take pride in being a Hamptonian. #HUTownHall— JoElle 💜 (@lovejoosayy) February 21, 2018
Many wrote that they believe the administration is a large part of the school's problems:
Never forget. Hampton is a business. They will protect their brand before they protect their students. That is evident. #HUTownHall— Deacon Daizha (@Daizha_Lankford) February 21, 2018
Greed, laziness, and selfishness. Courtesy of Dr. William R. Harvey and the administration in his pocket.— CJ Watson (@watsoncj96) February 21, 2018
they misusing the money, its a bigger issue.— my own bitch DOT COM (@HisMotivation__) February 21, 2018
Mims said students have previously tried addressing the issues with the school's student government association, but no progress has been made.
"We have spoken with SGA and other administrators, but the fact of the matter is that they simply do not care," he said. "This town hall meeting was the only time students had the opportunity to speak with the administration and voice their concerns, and they were up there on their phones laughing as if it were a joke."
Students at other HBCUs showed their support; and some claimed that they are facing the same issues:
I really think this is a hbcu thing cause everybody going thru the same thing .— Daysha🌹 (@_eliciaa) February 21, 2018
Tsu having the same issues as well. Might just be the non prestigious HBCUs that don’t get the funds they need or they’re not managing it right.— DeWayne (@ThomasnoTrain) February 21, 2018
Sounds like Tuskegee— x̸x̸x̸ (@daryl_ism) February 21, 2018
I really think this is a hbcu thing cause everybody going thru the same thing .— Daysha🌹 (@_eliciaa) February 21, 2018Some alumni were concerned about the news and offered to help. One recent Hampton graduate, who requested to remain anonymous, told Blavity that the school has long faced issues that went either unheard or unspoken and, for the first time, students are speaking out and being vigilant enough to get some answers.
"At my time at Hampton, I've heard passing allegations on a number of things, but our school never made us feel comfortable enough to ask the questions, challenge the powers that be. For so long Hampton has upheld the 'keep it in the family' mantra, but no more," they said. "It's important to hold our administration accountable and to lend support to the students who pay $40K a year, who are away from their families and support systems, to know that they are heard and seen. I'm just sorry that we didn't have the courage to speak out sooner. I'm empowered by their actions, and the alumni is willing to help in anyway that we can."
Other alumni members also chimed in online:
Current students please let us know how alumni can help. I don t know all the issues but many of us work in higher ed and may be able to assist. Need a cohesive set of concerns to address. We WILL help.#HUTownHall— Dr. Donald E GrantJr (@DrGrantjr) February 21, 2018
We have to donate and be ACTIVE alumni. Just as students on campus have to be active, vocal and PERSISTENT about righting wrongs. They're the front line.— Mr. Keif❤️🖤💚 (@KeifyG) February 21, 2018Blavity has reached out to Hampton University officials. We will update this piece should we receive a response.