Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Student guilty of sexual interference would be escorted off campus

Student guilty of sexual interference would be escorted off campus

However, because the offence occurred prior to Neurauter's time as a student at the university, officials said they have no grounds to expel him under their current policies.

Former Neurauter classmate and childhood sexual-abuse survivor Leia Astorga-Hoffmann said the decision left her feeling heartbroken, adding the school requesting he not attend classes offers her no comfort.

He told her that if she did not keep the relationship a secret, he would send her nude photos to her family.

Few facts about the case are known because of a publication ban imposed by B.C. courts, but the 21-year-old student was handed a three-month jail sentence and two-years' probation. He served the first day of punishment on January 4 but then the judge delayed his sentence to May 4 so that the sexual predator could finish his semester.

Neurauter's sentence sparked anger among many, including the unnamed victim's mother. Their excuse is that they have "no grounds" to expel the student - who is, if they missed it, a child sexual abuser.

"This does not mean that the university condones sexual violence or harassment, nor does it mean that we prioritize the rights of a convicted individual over the safety of our university community", said Dru Marshall, the provost for the University of Calgary school's provost, according to CBC News.

"This is important, because our policies do not apply to activity that occurred before the person was a member of our campus community".

Connor Neurauter, originally from Kamloops, B.C., pleaded guilty last week to sexual interference in an incident that took place before he was a student at the university.

Marshall says Neurauter has not been on campus since Tuesday, and has been advised not to return for the remainder of the term.

The University of Calgary's Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club said the delay Neurauter received is shameful.

"It's time to review the roles universities play in that discussion ... it's time we came together as a collective to ensure the safety and security of our campuses", said Marshall.

"It discourages victims from coming forward as perpetrators are accommodated and their actions are excused for the sake of not impeding their 'potential'".

More than 53,000 people have signed on a petition calling on the university to expel Neurauter.

"While the courts have seemingly failed the victim, the University of Calgary now has the opportunity to change the narrative", Casswell wrote on the petition's page.

"The petition will remain active while we wait to hear what resolution the U of C mentions in this statement - I hold out hope that this will not be the final decision from the university". "I was there", she said. "He should just go to jail".

Connor's father, Chris Neurauter, however, disagrees.

The university said in a statement this week that it is "reviewing the situation", but did not respond to questions from BuzzFeed Canada about what, if any, consequences Neurauter could face.

"He's very upset. He's trying to deal with it and work through it".

Marshall was asked whether the school is aware of any direct threats against Neurauter.

"He's very remorseful ... he's learned his lesson", said Neurauter.

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