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|Romano Out as Knox Dean of Students
|An administrator at Knox College who's been on leave for several weeks has resigned his position.
Xavier Romano, the college's Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Development, has been off the job since last month. An article March 4th in The Knox Student, the college's student-run newspaper, raised concerns about how Romano handled multiple student complaints alleging they'd been sexually assaulted. Nobody at the college has said if the complaints had anything to do with him taking leave.
Knox College public relations director Karrie Heartlein says Romano will remain on leave until his resignation, effective June 1st. Heartlein tells WGIL she can't speak to the reason for Romano's departure other than a family matter.
"He has issues relating to his father's health," Heartlein said. "He, of course, would like to explore his life post-Knox."
Romano has been employed at Knox College since 1998.
Concerns brought up in the Knox newspaper article included whether the college provides enough services to help sexual assault victims, whether victims have the option to take their case to local authorities and whether sexual assault offenders face sufficient consequences.
Heartlein says Associate Dean of Students Debra Southern will assume the responsibility for Student Development as the Dean of Students on June 2nd. She says Southern has been serving as Acting Dean of Students during Romano's leave.
(Xavier Romano, left, co-moderates a forum March 31, 2009 at Knox College featuring 8 of the 9 candidates for Galesburg Mayor in the 2009 election. WGIL News Story by Mike Perry. File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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