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June 2, 2015
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – A recent news report quotes a Kitchener judge who disagreed with Wilfrid Laurier University’s decision to allow a student charged with sexual assault to continue his studies while the court case was in progress. In response to this news report, the university offers the following statement:

Wilfrid Laurier University takes the needs of survivors of sexual assault extremely seriously and has consistently provided all necessary personal and academic support to those affected by such crimes. In this particular case, the university extended ongoing support to the survivor of this assault as soon as university officials were made aware of the attack. The university upheld the conditions of the accused’s release from police custody after he was charged in this matter. These conditions included that he have no direct or indirect contact with the survivor and that he be barred from her residence.

In cases where a student is accused of a crime, the university takes whatever steps are necessary to ensure that other members of the Laurier community are safe from potential danger while also abiding by the fundamental legal tenet that an accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. With conviction in the courts the university is now undertaking its own disciplinary process. The university also continues in its commitment to the survivor for her ongoing success and wellness.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca

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