The Curry College student accused of sexual misconduct has been suspended from the school until at least 2016.
“Robert ‘Troy’ Jones has been suspended from the College as a result of the College’s investigation and conduct process, and [he] is unable to petition for reinstatement until August 2016,” Curry College Communication Director Fran Jackson said in an emailed statement. “Should a petition for reinstatement be filed, the College would make a decision based on the totality of the circumstances at that time.”
Jackson wouldn’t comment on the college’s investigation and suspension process as it related to Jones, a 19-year-old Reading man.
Yet according to the student handbook, investigations into sexual misconduct begin with the director of student conduct or a designee from the dean of students.
That person speaks with both the alleged victim or victims and the alleged suspect ,as well as other students who may have knowledge of the incident. The alleged victim and suspect then attend separate student conduct meetings for the college to further investigate the allegations.
Jones was put on interim suspension immediately after college officials received reports on Dec. 6 that Jones had allegedly assaulted two students in two separate incidents.
It is unclear if Jones was allowed on campus to attend the conduct meeting. Conditions of his Dec. 9 bail prohibit him from going near the college or the victim.
Handbook rules state that the student doesn’t need to attend the conduct meeting for the process to move forward. Outside criminal cases also wouldn’t impede the college’s process, the handbook states.
Suspension appeals can be submitted within three business days of the determination, the handbook states.
Jackson said Jones will be barred from college property throughout his suspension.
Jones is facing two charges of assault and battery over a person 14 or older and a charge of kidnapping out of Quincy District Court. One assault charge stems from an alleged incident on Nov. 14, the latter from an alleged incident on Dec. 6.
Jones’s attorney did not return a call for comment. Jones is due back in court on March 21 for a probable cause hearing.