It’s a classic scam: a fake university email with a fake signature from Howard.
The email, which claimed to be from Howard’s dean of students, asked students to sign a pledge saying that they did not agree with the school’s positions on the Israel-Palestine conflict, said a source familiar with the incident.
In the email, the dean of student was asked to sign the statement “I do not agree.”
When the sign-in person asked, “Are you sure?” the signee replied, “I will be honored to do so,” according to the source.
The email was sent on Jan. 14, 2018, just hours before Howard announced that it would not renew its contract with the Howard University System, which included a $3.6 million endowment and a commitment to provide scholarships to Howard’s graduating seniors.
After the email went viral, Howard canceled its contract and issued an apology.
“We are sorry for any confusion or disappointment that may have caused,” the school said in a statement.
“We have taken the following steps to address the situation: *We have removed the signed-in sign-up form from our website.
*We removed the university’s official website address and have provided a message to students on campus regarding the cancellation of the Howard contract.”
The university also announced that its faculty of education will no longer participate in any Howard University faculty-led program related to the Middle East or Israel-Palestinian peace.
Howard did not respond to a request for comment.
In a statement to the Oregonian/OregonLive, Howard said it had “never sent or received any false email to anyone at Howard University.”