Distressed Tyler Clementi Had Sought Room Change

Evidence is emerging that Tyler Clementi tried to get Rutgers University officials to change his dorm room before he took his own life.

Clementi, 18, a promising violinist from Ridgewood, N.J., is the freshman who leaped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after, police say, he learned that his roommate had secretly streamed video of him in a sexual encounter with another man.

There will be a moment of silence Saturday before Rutgers University's homecoming football game to remember Clementi.

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He was supposed to play with the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra Saturday for the first time.

Instead, the performance will be dedicated in his memory, and his chair left empty.

On Friday, students wore black as they signed condolence cards on campus.

Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, of Plainsboro, N.J., and another student, and Molly Wei, of Princeton, N.J., both 18, are charged with invasion of privacy, carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison if they're convicted.

Police say Ravi streamed the video twice - apparently enough, reports CBS News Correspondent Jeff Glor, to make Clementi request the room transfer.

In a Web posting on Sept. 22, Clementi said, "I ran to the nearest RA (dorm residents' assistant) and set this thing in motion. … We'll see what happens. … He seemed to take it seriously. … He asked me to e-mail him a written paragraph about what exactly happened. … I e-mailed it to him, and to two people above him."

Rutgers hasn't said how far that request got but, Glor says, Clementi jumped from the bridge.

On Friday, in the wake of Clementi's death, N.J. State Sen. Shirley Turner introduced a bill that would raise the maximum fine for privacy invasion from $15,000 to $150,000 and would hike the possible prison sentence to five to 10 years from the current three to five. Turner says "severe consequences" are needed in cases like this.

Even if the new legislation passes, officials say, Ravi and Wei would face penalties under the current law.

But Middlesex County, N.J. Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan said Thursday that more charges were possible under the state's hate-crimes law.
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