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Rutgers University Clears Itself Of Any Wrongdoing In Tyler Clementi’s Death

Which, c’mon, they have to do. They can’t afford to see enrollment drop! Rutgers University President Richard McCormick says he personally went through Tyler Clementi’s student records and concludes the school did everything in its power to keep him safe. “Based on everything I know, I believe that we did all we could and we did the right thing,” he says.

The statement came yesterday after McCormick met with some 20 LGBT students as planned, and appeared at the Rutgers Board of Governor’s meeting. Though McCormick’s conclusion might be different from the one investigators find: they’ve subpoenaed the emails Clementi told the forums he sent his resident adviser, which might have included requests for a room change, but almost certainly included a report that his roommate Dharun Ravi was secretly videotaping and live webcasting his private moments.

And while McCormick may (publicly) believe Rutgers did all it can for Tyler, and many will say nobody could have assumed some “silly prank” would’ve driven Tyler to commit suicide, the university’s response will be branded a failure if it doesn’t recognize that all forms of bullying are unacceptable. The school tells its students to speak up if they feel they are being harassed or put in danger. It appears Tyler did just that. And nothing happened.