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Texas A&M University at College Station studied whether it could fire Yong Chen, a professor of finance convicted of misdemeanor assault of his wife, but concluded it lacked the authority to do so, The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported. The newspaper obtained records about the inquiry, which found that Chen had not engaged in inappropriate conduct in his faculty role. The university did declare Chen ineligible for awards or honors, including an endowed chair he held before he was convicted. He was also placed on unpaid leave when he reported to a local jail for a 30-day sentence in May. That leave will end when classes start in the fall.