Howard University: ‘Respect our campus by not bringing pets onto private areas'

Howard University students say some of their neighbors have been using "The Yard," which is the heartbeat of the historically black college and university's campus, like a dog park-- and it's been causing controversy in person and on social media.

On Friday, Howard University's president Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick released a statement, saying, in part: "We appreciate pet owners respecting our campus by not bringing pets onto the private areas."

The private institution of higher learning, which is nestled in the heart of the District, was established over 150 years ago in 1867.

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Frederick says Howard has "shared a long-standing positive relationship with our evolving community" and the community wants to see the school's private areas "remain pristine and symbolic of all that Howard University represents."

Frederick says he has recently reached out to the university's local ANC and councilwoman to engage in dialogue in reference to the student's concerns.

Read Frederick's full statement below: