Criminal charges against former UBC assoc. prof: UBC statement

The charges against a former University of British Columbia faculty member are of serious concern to our community.

As the matter is before the court, UBC cannot comment on the details of this case. We can confirm that James Rupert was a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology from July 1, 2004 until June 30, 2014.

The safety of our students, staff and faculty is a top priority for UBC and we take immediate action when any serious allegation is made. Where appropriate, we alert police and we cooperate with their investigations. Our policies also allow us to ban perpetrators from our campuses and to prohibit them from contacting members of our community. The university also makes sure anyone who has been affected by an alleged wrongdoing gets the support they need.

The University of British Columbia remains one of the safest academic communities in North America. We are committed to maintaining a secure and respectful environment for all, and we investigate and address all incidents that threaten the safety of our students, faculty or staff.

UBC will not be commenting further on this case until it’s resolved in court.


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Randy Schmidt
UBC Public Affairs
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