Campus Crisis: Statements

Official Statements

Official statement from Dominican College:
Dominican College was and is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Megan Wright in December 2006 and the pain her family continues to experience.

Megan's family filed a lawsuit against Dominican College in December 2007, claiming fault and negligence regarding events that allegedly took place May 6 and 7, 2006, and the College's response to those events.

Dominican College staff commenced an internal disciplinary investigation when this incident was first reported on May 8, 2006. Megan formally withdrew from the College on July 10, 2006. College officials cooperated promptly and fully with the local police and the local District Attorney's office working on criminal investigations of this matter. The College did not then, and does not now, recognize a victim's signed consent, waiver or release as an absolute defense to a claim of sexual assault. The College understands that the official investigation of the local police and the District Attorney's Office has concluded that there was insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution of rape or a presentation to a grand jury.

Because the College is presently engaged in the litigation of this case, we do not believe it is appropriate to address the allegations in the public arena. The College is pained by the accusations that have been made, but is confident that when the documentation, statements and evidence are presented in a court of law, misperceptions and inaccuracies will be corrected and many of the allegations will be found to be untrue.

Dominican College places the highest priority on the safety and well-being of its students. The College requires sexual assault prevention training for all incoming freshmen, as it did when Megan was a freshman. It has regularly updated security systems and protocols to keep pace with current best practices in the field. The College hires experienced security personnel, who investigate student incident claims and cooperate with investigations by law enforcement officials.

Dominican College wishes to express its continued sympathy and prayers for Megan's family and friends.

 

[AD]Dominican College statement on the new allegations of destroying video tape: 

We would like to reiterate that because the College is presently engaged in the litigation of this case, we do not believe it is appropriate to address these allegations in the public arena. Nevertheless, we are confident that once evidence has been presented in a court of law, inaccuracies will be corrected and false statements such as this will be found untrue.

 

Official statement from Orangetown Police Department:

Detective Lt. Brown: "No further comment. We do stand behind the officer that conducted the investigation. The investigation was thorough and complete."