Updated, Jan. 28:

A University of Virginia professor charged with felony strangulation has been placed on administrative leave, the university said Monday.

Jeffery Renard Allen, 56, was charged in November and also faces a misdemeanor simple domestic battery charge.

UVa spokesman Anthony de Bruyn said that, once the university learned he had been charged, Allen was placed on administrative leave with pay, pending a full review of the matter.

The professor of creative writing was arrested a day after officers were called to the UVa Medical Center on Nov. 7, 2018. According to a police report, officers spoke to a family member of Allen’s who said she had been strangled by him to the point where she felt like she could not breathe. Officers observed scratch marks on her neck.

Bruyn said administrative leave is neither punitive nor a finding of wrongdoing.


 

An earlier version of this story follows:

University of Virginia professor Jeffery Renard Allen, 56, was charged in November with misdemeanor simple domestic battery and felony strangulation.

According to UVa spokesman Wes Hester, Allen is still an active employee of the university.

Allen, a professor of creative writing, was arrested a day after officers were called to the UVa Medical Center on Nov. 7, 2018.

According to a police report, officers spoke to a family member of Allen who said she had been strangled by him to the point where she felt like she could not breathe. Officers observed scratch marks on her neck.

Allen has had two hearings in Charlottesville Juvenile and Domestic Court: one on Dec. 7, 2018, and another on Jan. 14.

Allen is a published poet and novelist. He has received various awards for his works, including the Chicago Tribune’s 2000 Heartland Prize for Fiction for his novel “Rails Under My Back.”

Some of his other works include the 2014 novel “Song of the Shank” and a short story collection, “Holding Pattern.”

Born in Chicago, Allen has a Ph.D. in English-Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and taught at Queens College in New York for 20 years before joining UVa.

Allen’s case has not yet been moved to Charlottesville Circuit Court. He will be back in Charlottesville Juvenile and Domestic Court on Feb. 15 and Feb. 20.

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