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Parents decide not to sue in Rutgers webcam case

Associated Press Modified: October 5, 2012 at 10:31 am •  Published: October 5, 2012

The parents of a Rutgers University student who killed himself after his roommate used a webcam to see him kissing another man have decided not to sue the university or anyone else involved in the case, preferring instead to focus their energies on the foundation started in his name.

"They're just in a spot now where they have this opportunity because of the fact that the media has made this case so well known to do some very good things through the foundation," Paul Mainardi, an attorney for Joseph and Jane Clementi of Ridgewood, N.J., said Friday.

The couple had accused New Jersey's flagship public university of failing to prevent their son's suicide in 2010, which occurred just days after the webcam spying, and had filed court papers preserving their right to sue.

But Mainardi said the Clementis feel Rutgers has been "very responsive" and the school is working with The Tyler Clementi Foundation on a number of projects.

"They've met with us a number of times at the highest level. They have undertaken a lot within the university system to respond to this voluntarily, responsibly," the attorney said.

Rutgers changed its housing policies after Clementi's suicide, allowing opposite-sex roommates, with the idea of making gay and lesbian students more comfortable.

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