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The University of Victoria has won a B.C. Supreme Court case in its effort to evict a student who has been in residence for 19 years. ((University of Victoria))

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has rejected the arguments of a man who's facing eviction after living at the University of Victoria for 19 years.

Alkis Gerd'son has lived in a suite on the campus since 1991 although he hasn't completed a course for credit since 1997.

The university decided not to renew his lease, saying it needed Gerd'son's room for other disabled students.

It also argued in court documents that Gerd'son had defaulted on his rent and failed to maintain his enrolment status

Gerd'son told the court he was being persecuted because of his disability. The nature of his disability was not specified in court documents.

In a ruling released this week, Supreme Court Justice John Truscott said an updated tenancy agreement signed by the two parties in 2007 gave the university the right to quit renewing Gerd'son's lease.

A university spokeswoman said the court action to evict Gerd'son was justified.

"We have been very supportive and quite generous actually with Mr. Gerd'son in extending the period of time that he's been with us here," said Kim Hart Wensley, associate vice-president of faculty relations and academic administration.

"Those efforts have been rejected, so it's time for him to transition to off-campus housing."

Gerd' son has also filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal which is scheduled to be heard starting June 1.

With files from The Canadian Press