University of Calgary not reviewing sexual violence policy despite Connor Neurauter controversy

The university says it is reviewing the situation of Connor Neurauter a student who pleaded guilty to sexual interference last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS  Adrian Wyld

People Are Calling For This Convicted Sex Offender To Be Kicked Out Of School

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

Officials sentenced Connor Neurauter, 21, a student at the University of Calgary, to 90 days in prison, two years probation, and required the student to register as a sex offender, reported Fox News.

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

On Thursday evening, the University released a statement saying that there are no grounds to expel Neurauter because the incident took place before he was enrolled as a student.

When asked what would happen if he were to attempt to return to the university although being advised not to, Marshall said, "If he was to show up on campus, campus security will escort him off campus".

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.

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

"By allowing him to go on with his life normally, finishing up his semester at university, it sends the wrong message to victims of sexual violence", Kaitlyn Casswell, who started the petition, told the CBC.

The University did advise him not to return to school.

His mother, Susan Neurauter, who also thinks her son is also a victim, said he has been threatened online and people were asking where he has been going on campus.

"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 anxious about his safety, given some of the commentary on social media".

The girl claimed that Neurauter choked her and gave her a bra as a present.

Kamloops This Week reported from the trial that Neurauter, a former junior hockey goaltender, obtained nude photos from the girl and threatened to show them to her family.

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

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. His choice was meant to minimize the impact on the victim.

Survivors have been visiting the Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club for support as the case stirs up their own hard memories and emotions, said president Shelby Montgomery. "He's frustrated that he's missing school", said Neurauter.

The university says Neurauter hasn't been suspended, but his status is under review.

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

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

"On the other hand, expelling a student is a very serious matter and if that is not required for the safety of the students, that may be too harsh a penalty". We can confirm that Mr. Neurauter is not on the university campus this week.

"It's about providing justice to all concerned in this very hard situation".

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