Slain student's family says university failed to protect her

File - In this Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, an image of University of Utah student and track athlete Lauren McCluskey, who was fatally shot on campus is projected on the video board before the start of an NCAA college football game between Oregon and Utah Saturday in Salt Lake City. An investigation into missed warning signs before the death of a University of Utah student shot by a man she briefly dated shows campus police are overtaxed and need more training in handling domestic violence cases, authorities said Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. The probe also found that friends of student Lauren McCluskey had reported to residence-hall officials that her then-boyfriend Melvin Rowland was controlling and wanted to get her a gun nearly a month before her death.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

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.

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 Oct. 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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