Students claim locals are abusing the campus by walking their dogs there.

The Hill reports:

DC resident suggests Howard University move campus after students complain yard is being used as dog park

A Washington, D.C., man is drawing backlash on social media for suggesting Howard University move after students complained that a popular area of campus was being used as a dog park.

Sean Grubbs-Robishaw made the remarks during an interview with a local Fox affiliate, telling the outlet that students are “in part of D.C. so they have to work within D.C.”

“So if they don’t want to be within D.C., then move the campus,” Grubbs-Robishaw said. “I think we need to work together and I don’t think it should be ‘he or he’ or ‘they or he,’” situation, he continued. “It’s our community and that’s how it should be.”

Students at the historically black university had complained about an increasing number of nearby residents using The Yard, an area at the heart of Howard’s campus, as a dog park. Some, according to local outlet DCist, attributed the activity to a side effect of gentrification in the surrounding neighborhoods.

“I find it very disrespectful,” Briana Littlejohn, who is a graduating senior at the university, told the outlet.

“You know this is a university. You know this is a historically black university. And you feel so entitled that you’re just going to walk your dog there?” she said.


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