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US University students stage protests over living with rats, cockroaches, mushrooms

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US University students stage protests over living with rats, cockroaches, mushrooms

Outraged Howard University undergraduate students claim they are being forced to live in deplorable housing conditions — with rats, cockroaches, mold and mushrooms plaguing their dorm rooms.

More than 100 students at the historically black college in Washington, DC, have been staging a two-week protest over their living conditions after accusing university administrators of ignoring their complaints.

The students have pitched tents on school grounds and have been sleeping en masse in the school’s main student center, Blackburn University Center, as the protest continues.

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US University students stage protests over living with rats, cockroaches, mushrooms

They have been posting photos on social media under the hashtag #Blackburntakeover of the alleged conditions in their dorms, including mushrooms blooming under the sink, mold spreading on their clothes and belongings, and flooded pipes.

Current and former students have also chronicled what they claim are rat and mice infestations in their rooms.

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Undergraduate on-campus housing fees at Howard are about $9,300 per year, according to the college.

Students are demanding the university address the housing woes amid their claims that the school makes it difficult for them to access resources, including housing and financial aid.

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