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Lauren McCluskey was killed on the University of Utah campus on October 22, 2018 by Melvin Rowland.
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Mother Of Slain Utah Student Calls For More Accountability

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The mother of a University of Utah student killed on campus after repeatedly reporting harassment says the school’s response to her death has fallen short, leaving open the question of whether other students are safe.

Lauren McCluskey died Monday. Photo credit: Steve C. Wilson, University of Utah

Lauren McCluskey. Photo credit: Steve C. Wilson, University of Utah

Jill McCluskey wrote in an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune Wednesday that 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey did everything she could to get help, but the university “fatally failed” to take her reports seriously enough.

University president Ruth Watkins has acknowledged the case exposes systematic weaknesses, but insisted there’s no indication her death could have been prevented and no one should be disciplined.

University officials said Wednesday they’re working to fix the problem in the system.

Lauren McCluskey was killed October 22 by an ex-boyfriend who had been sending harassing messages since she discovered he was hiding his sex offender-status.

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