Student guilty of sexual interference would be escorted off campus

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The university says it is reviewing the situation of Connor Neurauter, a student who pleaded guilty to sexual interference past year.

"We recognize that the University of Calgary was not aware of Neurauter's delayed sentence and that they were not at fault in this injustice", the group said in a statement to the Gauntlet student newspaper.

The provost and vice-president said in a statement Thursday that the school has "no grounds on which to expel him".

Critics have said allowing a sexual offender to finish his school year before going to jail puts his rights ahead of his victim's.

But the school is advising him "not to return to campus for the remainder of the term".

In November, Neurauter, 21, pleaded guilty in a Kamloops, B.C., court to one count of sexual interference with a minor. Another charge of possessing child pornography was later dismissed.

The B.C. prosecution service said he served the first day of his sentence on January 4, but the judge permitted him to serve the remainder starting May 4 after finishing his semester at the University of Calgary.

Kaitlyn Casswell started an online petition to expel Neurauter from the university.

The university confirmed that Neurauter could return to campus in the fall, but no decisions have been made and his future as a student is still being assessed.

The university says it is committed to reviewing its sexual violence policy but is calling for a broader discussion involving Canadian universities to discuss potentially new or amended policies. Both have read threats made against him online, and she said university staff member told her students are waiting in classes in which he's enrolled to see if he shows up.

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"They offered him an opportunity to better himself and I don't understand what the problem is with that".

"I feel for the safety of other students that you have a sexual offender attending your university", the mother, whose identify is protected as to not identify the victim, told the CBC. The girl said he threatened to show her family nude photos if she told people about his alleged abuse.

During his sentencing, it was heard that the student - who is studying for a bachelor's of science degree in chemistry - had solicited nude images from the girl.

Giving evidence, the girl said at one point Neurauter choked her before handing over a bra as a gift.

The school's Consent Awareness and Sexual Education (CASE) group, however, says it found the official response lacking.

And the U of C is discussing the possibility of distance learning with Neurauter, she said.

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

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.

"It is important and significant exactly what kind of offence is involved and whether there is a significant risk to any other students".

While rejecting claims his son received a break from the judge, Neurauter says his son still has to serve his jail sentence.

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