CALGARY – The University of Calgary says it’s talking to a student who pleaded guilty to a sex charge about options to pursue his studies.
Connor Neurauter was sentenced earlier this month to 90 days in jail after he admitted in a Kamloops, B.C., court in November that he sexually interfered with a 13-year-old girl.
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.
The university has said it does not have the grounds to expel the 21-year-old because the offence took place before he was a student, but has advised him not to return this term or he will be escorted off campus by security.
The Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association wrote a letter last week to the university’s board of governors criticizing what the lawyers called Neurauter’s de-facto expulsion that “flies in the face” of the university’s discipline policies.
Provost Dru Marshall has responded by saying Neurauter has not been expelled and the university’s decision isn’t a disciplinary measure.