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Kentucky college president fired amid sexual assault claims

A college in Kentucky announced Tuesday that its president was fired amid allegations from several female employees of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior.

The board of trustees at Georgetown College said in a statement that it fired President William Jones, a move that became effective on Monday. 

The board said that on Sunday, its school “was informed of allegations of a sexual assault of a female College employee, inappropriate behavior with another female College employee, and other conduct in violation of Jones’s employment agreement with the College.”

The board noted that the college began an immediate investigation into the allegations and that they called upon outside counsel to look into the matter. Following a meeting with the executive committee of the board of trustees on Monday morning, it agreed to terminate his employment.

The provost of the college, Rosemary Allen, was named acting president.

“Georgetown College does not tolerate violence or misuse of authority. We hold our administrators, students and faculty to the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct. We are surprised and deeply disappointed by what we have learned,” the chairman of the Georgetown College board of trustees, Robert Mills, said in a statement.

“We will support the members of our Georgetown College family who are directly impacted, and we will work cooperatively with ongoing or any future investigations. We are confident in the leadership of Acting President Allen and the Board appreciates her dedication to the continuing mission of Georgetown College during this difficult time,” he added.

Mills noted that the college would not be providing any additional comment on the matter given that the investigation was ongoing.

The Hill could not immediately reach Jones for comment.

Georgetown College, a Christian college located roughly 70 miles east of Louisville, Ky., has a total enrollment of 1,566 students, according to the school’s website.

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