A UOW international student will leave the country in disgrace, having "lost everything" when he threatened passing female students with rape.
Muhammad Aziz was kicked out of student accommodation and unable to continue his mechanical engineering studies after the matters were reported to campus security and police.
Arguments of cultural differences and racist provocation failed to gain traction on Tuesday in Wollongong Local Court, where the Pakistani national was fined and convicted of three counts of intimidation.
According to an agreed account of events tendered to the court, Aziz confronted a female student on July 26 as she left the campus library, asking her, " did you just abuse me and yell at me?"
"No," the woman replied.
"If you keep saying things like that you're going to get raped," Aziz said. "Get the f--- out of here or you're going to get hurt."
The woman reported the exchange to campus security, later telling police she felt scared and intimidated.
Aziz was involved in a similar exchange an hour later when sitting in his car, he yelled out to two women, "did you just swear at me?".
The women denied any wrongdoing, only for Aziz to reply, "someone will rape you for that".
The matter was again reported to campus security. Police confronted Aziz at his Keiraville accommodation on August 3 and a week later he received a letter from UOW, limiting his access to the university and prompting him to move out.
Aziz's defence lawyer, Patrick Schmidt, told the court those limitations left Aziz unable to continue his studies.
"That's why, straight after these proceedings, he's going straight back to Pakistan," he said.
"His parents, they are an extremely proud, professional family from a humble background. He worked so significantly hard to get this acceptance into mechanical engineering course, then it's all thrown away in a state of one uncontrolled fit of rage."
Despite pleading guilty to the offences, Aziz claimed in court he had been provoked by the women.
"It was when mandatory masks were to be worn outside. He wasn't wearing a mask. These people said something to him, including racist remarks," Mr Schmidt said.
"He hurled whatever horrible words he could think of in the heat of the moment, without thinking about it. They obviously have a different meaning to different people. While rape is unilaterally horrible ... in some cultures to use the word 'dog' is probably the most harrowing word you could use to somebody."
But the explanation was shot down by police prosecutor David Weaver.
"I don't accept the defendant's assertion that he was the victim of racist language at all," he said.
"The defendant is expecting you to believe for some reason [the first victim] has noticed him whilst walking to her car, with AirPods in, and hurled racist abuse at him?
"Quite frankly, I submit, that's nonsense.
"The defence assertion that rape is different in different countries; I don't accept that. Rape is rape. I watch the news, Your Honour watches the news. Pakistan abhors rape as much as any country."
"These are disgusting offences."
Magistrate Gabriel Fleming deemed Aziz's crimes "extremely offensive".
He was convicted and fined $1000 for each of the three counts.
Aziz's matter arose as UOW was grappling with criticism over its handling of previous, unrelated on-campus sexual offences. In April the Wollongong Undergraduate Students' Association publicly accused the university of mishandling past complaints, after allegations were aired on Facebook.
In June the university outlined a list of improvements it had made in the area since 2017, and vowed to make consent training mandatory for all students.