Old man on campus

A “student” who has lived in a university residence for two decades is on the brink of eviction

The University of Victoria has won a bizarre court battle that will allow the school to finally evict a “student” who has been living in a campus residence for 18 years. Alkis Gerd’son moved into his room in 1991, completing a bachelor of arts degree three years later and a bachelor of education degree in 1997. But he never left. Although the B.C. man hasn’t enrolled in any credit courses in more than 12 years, he says he is registered in the business management program and therefore has the right to stay on campus. A judge disagreed— but the case isn’t quite finished. Gerd’son argues that the university is trying to evict him because of his disabilities, and in 2008 filed a complaint to the B.C. Human Rights Commission. A hearing date is set for June 1. No word yet on where his lawyer lives.

Victoria Times Colonist

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