NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fisk University placed President Kevin Rome on leave Monday after learning a judge granted a temporary order of protection that an acquaintance sought against him.
A Davidson County magistrate judge signed the temporary order on Friday that forbids Rome from having contact with the man.
Rome’s attorney, Jay Steed, issued a statement saying his client has done nothing wrong and noting that Rome has not been charged with any crime.
Fisk issued a statement saying Rome has been placed on leave until the matter is resolved.
“As this is a personal matter not connected to the school, we cannot comment on the specifics,” the statement reads.
In general, anyone can ask for a temporary order of protection. If the order is granted, it generally lasts until there can be a hearing, usually within 10 days. At that point the accused has a chance to defend himself and the judge determines whether the order should be extended or the case dismissed.