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Rutgers Pres. Says Officials 'Did the Right Thing' Leading Up to Clementi Suicide

Rutgers Pres. Says Officials 'Did the Right Thing' Leading Up to Clementi Suicide

Rutgers University president Richard McCormick says he pored over Tyler Clementi’s student records in the days following his suicide and believes school officials did everything they could to investigate Clementi’s complaint that his roommate was spying on him with a Web cam. Two students — Dharun Ravi, 18, and Molly Wei, 18 — were charged with invasion of privacy for the alleged Internet voyeurism.

Rutgers University president Richard McCormick says he’s pored over Tyler Clementi’s student records in the days following his suicide and believes school officials did everything they could to investigate Clementi’s complaint that his roommate was spying on him with a Web cam.

"Based on everything I know, I believe that we did all we could and we did the right thing," he said.

McCormick wouldn’t discuss what Clementi said in his complaint or how officials responded, citing federal student privacy laws. But he says proper procedure was followed.

"I have studied the record carefully and I can’t say very much about it. ... But I believe Rutgers responded appropriately to the information that we had," he said.

This is the first time McCormick has answered questions about Clementi’s death. The 18-year-old freshman jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge between New York and New Jersey last month after his roommate filmed him having sex with another man and broadcast it on the Internet.

Two students — Dharun Ravi, 18, and Molly Wei, 18 — were charged with invasion of privacy for the alleged Internet voyeurism.

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