On Monday, Rutgers University and the family of Tyler Clementi -- the freshman who committed suicide after his roommate used a webcam to film him in a romantic encounter with another man -- will announce the newly created Tyler Clementi Center at the New Jersey college, dedicated to helping students transition from home to university life. The ceremony at the campus will include members of Clementi's family, who started a foundation after his death focused on bullying, youth suicide and other issues related to gay students, the Star-Ledger reported. Although Joseph and Jane Clementi, Tyler's parents, filed court papers shortly after their son's death in preserving their right to sue Rutgers for damages, the family chose not to file suit anyone associated with the webcam spying or the suicide, the family's attorney Paul Mainardi said in October. Nearly academics and school officials attended, the Star-Ledger reported.
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The trial, which will be broadcast live across the country and as far away as India, will culminate a criminal prosecution that many believe would never have happened if not for the fact that Tyler Clementi, Ravi's gay roommate, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. While authorities were only beginning their investigation, the media andpublic readily connected the dots, and Clementi's death struck a growinganti-bullying nerve in America and became a blog-driven lightening rod foroutrage in the gay community. Read the indictment against Dahrun Ravi. Although the court of the public opinion condemned Ravi in the immediate aftermath of Clementi's death, two former New Jersey prosecutors say it will be a much more challenging case in the court of law. Ravi, now 19, faces up to 10 years in state prison if he is convicted on the multiple counts of invasion of privacy, witness tampering, hindering prosecution and bias intimidation.
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Much has been said and done in Clementi's name since he jumped from the George Washington Bridge a year ago, after his roommate at Rutgers University secretly video-streamed images of him in a gay liaison. New Jersey enacted one of the country's toughest anti-bullying laws, and a nationwide conversation has ensued on the issues of cyberbullying, privacy, teen suicide and gay rights. The name of the unassuming violinist from Ridgewood has barely left the news as laws and initiatives were promoted, his roommate was charged criminally and his parents filed a civil suit against Rutgers. CNN's Anderson Cooper is set to come to campus for a town hall meeting on bullying, and the university will host a "conversation about suicide, healing and beyond" tonight.
His last words, posted on Facebook about 10 minutes before he died, were brief and to the point: "Jumping off the gw bridge sorry. The comment gave no hint of the torment and mortification that lay behind the decision of gifted year-old violinist Tyler Clementi to throw himself off the George Washington bridge last week. The cruel details began to emerge today when the body of a man believed to be Clementi was dragged out of the Hudson river at the northern end of Manhattan. At the same time, charges were brought against two of his fellow first-year students at Rutgers university in New Jersey.