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University subpoenaed in case of student suicide

By Cassie Spodak, CNN
  • The student jumped off a bridge after his sexual encounter with a man was streamed online
  • The school is not saying what the subpoena seeks
  • Lawyers for one of the two people charged in the incident assert her innocence

(CNN) -- Rutgers University has been issued a subpoena for potentially confidential records two weeks after a student committed suicide after his sexual encounter was broadcast online, a statement from the school said.

The statement did not say what the subpoena sought, but it noted that subpoenas are sometimes required before the university can release confidential records.

"The Rutgers Police Department and the university continue to work with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office in this investigation," the statement said.

Jim O'Neil, spokesman for the prosecutor's office, told CNN there was nothing new to report on the case.

The body of Tyler Clementi, 18, was recovered from the Hudson River on September 30, more than a week after he jumped from the George Washington Bridge. The bridge spans the river between New York and New Jersey, which is home to Rutgers.

Clementi jumped from the bridge after two other Rutgers students allegedly videotaped a sexual encounter between him and another man and streamed it online.

Dharun Ravi, 18, who was Clementi's roommate, and Molly Wei, 18, have been charged with invasion of privacy. The pair allegedly placed a camera in Clementi's dorm room without his knowledge and then streamed his sexual encounter online, according to the prosecutor's office.

On Tuesday, lawyers for Wei asserted her innocence.

"This is a tragic situation," said the statement, from New Jersey lawyers Rubin Sinins and Eric Kahn. "But this tragedy has also unfairly led to rampant speculation and misinformation, which threaten to overwhelm the actual facts of the matter.

"Those true facts will reveal that Molly Wei is innocent," the statement said. "Molly committed no crime. Her remarkable reputation is being unjustly tarnished by uninformed and incorrect assumptions."

New Jersey prosecutors are working to determine whether additional charges, including bias, may be brought against Ravi and Wei.

On Friday, the university's president pledged to meet with members of the university's gay community. In a letter to the Rutgers community, President Richard McCormick praised what he called the school's "strong history of social

activism on behalf of diversity."

However, he said, the university "is an imperfect institution in an imperfect society."

Clementi's family has remained largely quiet, except to say that their personal tragedy has raised a host of legal issues for the country.

"Regardless of legal outcomes, our hope is that our family's personal tragedy will serve as a call for compassion, empathy and human dignity," the family said in a written statement.

CNN's Kristen Hamill contributed to this report