VIU ac­cused of fail­ing to deal with fetishist’s in­fan­til­ism

Times Colonist - - The Capital / Island - RICHARD WATTS rwatts@times­

Van­cou­ver Is­land Univer­sity has found it­self em­broiled in a hu­man rights com­plaint over an adult male stu­dent who favoured di­a­pers, the writ­ings of Beatrix Pot­ter and baby talk.

The hu­man rights com­plaint was filed by Ka­trin Roth, VIU’s for­mer di­rec­tor of hu­man rights and work­place safety.

In it, she al­leges the Nanaimo univer­sity failed to ad­e­quately sup­port and pro­tect pro­fes­sors, staff and stu­dents who were threat­ened by the mid­dle-age man’s in­fan­tilist sex­ual fetishes.

One woman be­came so con­cerned she had her husband ac­com­pany her to a night class.

An­other be­came fright­ened be­cause it be­came ob­vi­ous the man was watch­ing her come and go from the univer­sity.

The Times Colonist is not iden­ti­fy­ing the man, but has reached out to him for com­ment.

The man’s al­leged be­hav­iour is chron­i­cled in the 105-page com­plaint to the B.C. Hu­man Rights Tri­bunal.

In 2015, the com­plaint says, the man submitted as part of an English es­say a photo of him­self par­tially nude, save for a di­a­per. In the pic­ture, he is point­ing to a dirty di­a­per.

He asked for chil­dren’s books like those of Beatrix Pot­ter and asked to be read to, the com­plaint says.

He twice asked the univer­sity nurse prac­ti­tioner to change his dirty di­a­pers (she re­fused the sec­ond time).

He com­mu­ni­cated in child­ish, baby talk, the com­plaint says, cit­ing the ex­am­ple of an email to an English teacher. The man opened the mes­sage with “He­woh” and wrote of en­joy­ing the day’s sto­ries, “es­pe­cially the pee pee part!”

In the same email, the com­plaint says, he said: “I some­times call peo­ple poo poo heads,” ex­plain­ing that he doesn’t like to swear and en­joyed al­lit­er­a­tion.

It’s un­clear whether the man is still a stu­dent at Van­cou­ver Is­land Univer­sity.

The tri­bunal has re­fused to hear Roth’s com­plaint as it was submitted, but she has been given an op­por­tu­nity to make changes and re­sub­mit.

Shelley Le­gin, the univer­sity’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer and vice-pres­i­dent of ad­min­is­tra­tion, said the univer­sity is con­fi­dent it took all ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions to main­tain safety for every­one on cam­pus.

Le­gin re­sisted of­fer­ing any specifics about the case, cit­ing pri­vacy con­cerns, but said VIU hired a le­gal ex­pert, who ac­knowl­edged the univer­sity acted ap­pro­pri­ately.

“We will fol­low our pro­ce­dures and poli­cies, our risk-mit­i­ga­tion pro­to­cols and risk as­sess­ment pro­to­cols to make sure we con­tinue to make [VIU] a great place to learn,” she said.

In an email ex­change with the Times Colonist, Roth made it plain nei­ther she, nor any of the af­flicted women, have any in­ter­est in “out­ing the man.”

“We be­lieve the adult male needs pro­fes­sional psy­cho­log­i­cal help,” wrote Roth in an email.

“The case is about his be­hav­iour, the im­po­si­tion of his fetish on non-con­sent­ing women at the univer­sity and the in­ad­e­quacy of the univer­sity’s re­sponse to the con­cerns of those women.”

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