President Ricardo Romo issued a statement through his attorney in response to the UT System’s decision to place him on administrative leave.

In the statement dated Feb. 16 Romo said, “UTSA has informed me that it is conducting an investigation on a complaint brought by an employee against the University and me personally. In accordance with University policy, I was requested to and I wholeheartedly agreed to be placed on administrative leave with pay pending this investigation.

“I have retained Ricardo Cedillo and the firm of Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza to coordinate my investigative efforts with those of the University and I look forward to a speedy resolution and the clearing of my name.

“The outpouring of community support has been humbling and overwhelming, and my family and I will be forever grateful for the prayers and love being sent our way”

Jennifer LaCoste-Caputo, executive director of media relations and external communications at UT System, said Romo’s issued statement was made independently and that the UT system had no further comments other than the announcement Chancellor William McRaven made earlier in the week.

“It’s important to remember, especially at times like these, that UTSA is more than any one individual,” SGA President Andrew Hubbard said in light of Romo’s administrative leave. “We are a community of thousands of students and thousands more alumni and supporters. Together, we have made many achievements and we will continue to move forward as Roadrunners.”

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