University of Calgary needs to walk the talk!

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On January 4th, 2017 Connor Neurauter pled guilty to Sexual Interference and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. In an egregious move by the courts, his sentence has been postponed until May so that Mr. Neurauter can finish this semester at the University of Calgary.

The entirety of the court proceedings have been plagued with delays to accommodate the schedule of the now convicted sex offender. The victim’s mother expressed her frustration with the delays, “Sorry, he’s unavailable for court because he has a hockey tournament. He’s unavailable for court because he has exams. He’s unavailable to come do his plea on his own because he’s in the middle of studying. Let’s postpone his jail sentence until May so he can finish his year of university. Nobody has stood up and said no, during the whole thing — there was not one time where the judge or even the Crown said ‘please, this is not right.’”. Sending what can only be interpreted as a clear message that the courts will go to great lengths to shield the repercussions of court proceedings on a sex offender’s life while disregarding how those delays would affect the victim (and all other victims and potential complainants).

The criminal justice system in this case, (Calgary Crown Prosecutor and Judge) has seemingly failed the victim, and not served the best interests of society with its misguided choice to postpone the offender’s disposition. But the University of Calgary now has the opportunity to change the narrative of this story. I and those who sign this petition, demand that the University of Calgary enforce their Sexual Violence Policy, their Non-Academic Misconduct Policy, their Health, Safety & Environment Policy, and Alberta’s Occupational Health & Safety Policy, and remove this convicted sex offender from campus. We implore the University of Calgary, to follow through with their commitment to protect all students, faculty, and staff.

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