The Jesuit West Province is independently investigating for behavior potentially inconsistent with church protocols. The investigation was launched after multiple accounts accused O’Brien of ill behavior primarily consisting of conversations. The province did not elaborate on the alleged misconduct.
O’Brien will remain on leave until the investigation is complete. SCU’s Board of Trustees said it supported the investigation.
O’Brien has been a priest for 15 years, serving for eight of them at Georgetown University.
Provost Lisa Kloppenberg is serving as acting president.