A MAN accused of harassing Chinese and Asian students has been banned from Plymouth University.
Magistrates have granted an interim Anti-Social Behaviour Order against 36-year-old Andrew Rogers barring him from entering the North Hill campus.
Rogers claims he is on a Christian mission to convert Chinese students, the court heard.
He is opposing the order.
Plymouth City Council, making the complaint for the order, claims he has repeatedly attended religious meetings for students and staff – even though they are conducted in Chinese.
The authority said that he has been barred by the university from entering buildings such as the chaplaincy and the library but continued to try to gain entry.
The complaint alleges “there is evidence of a strong sexual motive”.
Rogers, of Clinton Avenue, Lipson, is not a student nor member of staff, the council states.
The authority said: “University staff members have increasingly felt harassed and intimidated by the respondent’s determined and repeated efforts to ignore the ban and gain access to the Chinese student community.”
The complaint added he attended Chinese student meetings repeatedly “despite knowing full well he is uninvited and his presence is unwanted”.
The council claims Rogers had been acting in an anti-social manner since 2004.
Magistrates have agreed to grant an interim order on Rogers, who attended the latest hearing last week with a solicitor.
He is banned from entering any university building or going on to campus. He is also barred from going to Hope Baptist Church in Peverell.
Rogers is also prohibited from contacting any member of university staff or applying for any course there.
He cannot attend any organised student event off-campus nor advertise any unofficial student support service on social media.
Breaking any of the conditions is a criminal offence and could land Rogers in prison. A full hearing will have to be staged if the court wants to grant the order for several years.
Rogers is to oppose the application.
Magistrates adjourned the case until a full contested hearing on March 6 next year.