SMU’s statement regarding the trial of James McDaniel

A Dallas federal jury has convicted James McDaniel of causing the May 2007 overdose death of SMU student Meaghan Bosch.

The University released the following statement on June 5, 2009, the day the verdict was announced:

Our thoughts have been with the family of Meaghan Bosch during this trial, and we hope that its completion gives a measure of closure to the family.

SMU representatives have attended the trial so that we can continue to learn as much as possible about the issue of substance abuse among young people, about how best to extend our efforts to educate students and prevent such future tragedies, and to help students who already have substance abuse issues. Our many education and prevention programs will continue, we will remain vigilant to needed changes, and we will persist in raising awareness among students and parents of the dangers and consequences of substance abuse.

What we have heard at the trial will allow us to examine whether we need to make additional changes to our programs aimed at preventing substance abuse.

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