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UBC prof allegedly recorded study subjects undressing

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DH Vancouver Staff Aug 20, 2014 9:21 am

A former University of British Columbia kinesiology professor is facing charges of voyeurism after allegations were raised he secretly recorded study subjects getting changed.

56-year-old James Rupert, a former associate professor at UBC, was in Richmond Provincial Court on Tuesday, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Rupert allegedly recorded participants in a kinesiology study while they were getting changed as part of the fitness-related project. According to the RCMP, Rupert had a camera set up in a change room, reports CBC News.

The educator and researcher’s specialty is the scientific study of human movement. He was employed by UBC as a faculty member in the School of Kinesiology from July 1, 2004 until June 30, 2014. Rupert’s employment continued six days after the charges were brought against him.

In a written response to the charge against Rupert, UBC said the school can’t comment regarding case specifics, however the matter is “of serious concern to our community.”

The statement from UBC continues:

“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.”

Rupert is next due in court September 16.

Featured image: James Rupert (Photo via UBC Human Kinetics – GRIP Laboratory)

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