UAlbany president: 'We expect students to tell the truth'

UAlbany president: 'We expect students to tell the truth'

ALBANY — University at Albany President Robert Jones said Friday that he had no reason to initially doubt the allegations of three black students now accused of lying about being the victims of a hate crime on campus.

“Hindsight is always 20/20, they say, but I would not at this juncture do anything differently,” Jones told reporters a day after the women were charged in connection with the alleged fabrication and with assaulting a fellow bus rider.

On Thursday, university police charged Ariel Agudio of Huntington, Suffolk County; Alexis Briggs of Elmira Heights, Chemung County; and Asha Burwell of Huntington Station, Suffolk County, all 20, with misdemeanor assault in connection with the Jan. 30 fracas aboard a CDTA bus.

In a letter published this week by the Albany Student Press, the campus newspaper, one student called for a personal apology from Jones to the campus community for failing to remain impartial and for responding without the full facts.

Jones declined to discuss what other university discipline the women may face, citing student privacy laws, but said it’s standard practice for that process to play out before a criminal case against a student is concluded.
Source: Times Union
UAlbany president: 'We expect students to tell the truth'

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