Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Student Guilty of Sexual Interference Would Be Escorted off Campus: University

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Student Guilty of Sexual Interference Would Be Escorted off Campus: University

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Student guilty of sexual interference barred from campus

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CALGARY - The University of Calgary says a student who has been convicted of sexual interference would be escorted off campus if he tried to return and a student sexual assault prevention club says it's been working hard to respond to the emotional fallout of the controversy.

Provost Dru Marshall said Connor Neurauter, 21, has been advised not to return to school this term or risk being made to leave by campus security.

"There were a number of safety concerns that we took into account in our decision," she said Friday."We know that victims of sexual violence ... may have been triggered by this incident and we were also worried about his safety, given some of the commentary on social media."

An online petition demanding Neurauter's expulsion had more than 58,000 signatures by Friday afternoon, but the university said it did not have the grounds to take that step because his crime took place before he became a student.

"We can't be swayed necessarily by public opinion," said Marshall.

Survivors have been visiting the Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club for support as the case stirs up their own difficult memories and emotions, said president Shelby Montgomery.

"It's been a really tough week for people and they're really struggling at this point," she said. "Particularly people who were dissatisfied with the provost's response are feeling especially upset at the moment."

The club, which advocates for prevention directed at potential perpetrators as opposed to putting the onus on victims, has been referring people to a number of resources on and off campus who can provide professional help.

Neurauter pleaded guilty to sexual interference with a minor in Kamloops, B.C., in November and was sentenced earlier this month to 90 days in jail.

The case stoked outrage because the judge allowed him to delay all but one day of his sentence to May 4 -- once Neurauter had completed his semester at the university. …

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