PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island says a student with a felony armed robbery conviction who briefly lived in a campus dorm was admitted through a transfer program that didn’t ask whether he had a criminal background.
The Providence Journal reported Sunday that Malcolm Jones, son of URI’s director of enrollment services, lived in the dorm from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2. The university asked him to move out after his conviction came to light.
A university spokeswoman said Monday that a URI investigation completed last week found Jones was admitted through a program at the College of Continuing Education, which failed to ask whether applicants had criminal backgrounds. The school has now changed that.
URI also found Jones’ father wasn’t involved in his admittance to the dorm.