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Utah legislature to consider settlement over Lauren McCluskey's murder

More staff, increased training among changes at University of Utah after review of Lauren McCluskey murder case
Posted at 11:44 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 13:58:20-05

SALT LAKE CITY  — The Utah State Legislature will consider a multi-million dollar settlement with the family of murdered University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey.

House Joint Resolution 10, sponsored by House Majority Leader Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, authoritizes a $10.5 million payment to McCluskey's family. It also spends an additional $3 million to a foundation set up in Lauren's name.

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It's part of a settlement between the University of Utah and the McCluskey family. They sued over her murder in 2018 on the campus, alleging police and the school repeatedly ignored her reports of stalking and harassment. The resolution states the family originally sought $56 million.

Because it involves a taxpayer-funded institution, the Utah State Legislature must agree to appropriate the money. It is expected to be approved by the House and Senate.