Student accused of stealing chemicals banned from U of S
A University of Saskatchewan student accused of stealing chemicals from school is suspended from his classes and banned from being on campus.
Mohamadmahdi Kowsari, 25, was arrested after police found dangerous chemicals at his Cumberland Avenue home. He was charged with theft under $5,000. He was scheduled to appear in court Friday.
David Hannah, U of S associate vice-president of student affairs, said the punishment isn't necessarily permanent, and the student was told he can request a hearing.
"Where he would get a chance to present his side of the story and we'd hear all of the evidence and then a tribunal would make a decision about his continuing status at the university," he said.
Wednesday Saskatoon police and hazmat officials were called to the University of Saskatchewan after getting a call about a student mixing potentially hazardous chemicals.
Police said the student reported what he had done to a staff member around 12:30 p.m.
No one was hurt in the incident and hazmat officials cleared the scene of any dangerous chemicals.
Hannah said the school doesn't know what chemicals Kowsari was using, but that police are doing tests to find out. According to police, the chemical found at the Cumberland Avenue home (and which resulted in the theft charge) was sulfuric acid, but it's not known what chemicals the student was attempting to mix while on campus.
"We don't believe it was anything explosive, but potentially something that could have been dangerous to the university community."
Hannah said it's believed the student was planning to mix chemicals that he didn't have permission to use.
Kowsari was to remain in police custody until his court appearance. The university is asking any sighting of Kowsari on campus property to be reported to the Saskatoon police.
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