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Oct 29, 2010 8:20 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

2 students withdraw after Rutgers suicide

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Two Rutgers University freshmen, accused of secretly broadcasting a classmate's sexual encounter online, have withdrawn from the school.

The classmate later committed suicide.

Attorney Steven Altman says that means Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei will not face university disciplinary hearings. Altman, who represents Ravi, said his client plans to attend school somewhere else.

Wei's attorney, Rubin Sinins, said his client feared for her safety.

Ravi and Wei have been charged with invasion of privacy.

Authorities say Ravi used a webcam to capture his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a sexual encounter with another man. Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge days later. Prosecutors are considering hate crime charges.

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