College revokes suspension for student who graded ex's apology letter

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 20, 2017

It read: "When your ex writes you an apology letter so you grade it to send it back". The rising senior studying sports management said he's fighting the sentence.

Now, the university is suspending Lutz, saying that his actions violated two portions of the university's code of conduct: disruption and cyberbullying.

Lutz corrected errors and wrote comments in the letter's margins with a red pen, then grading it a 61 out of 100, or a D minus, at the end. "Revision for half credit will be accepted".

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The tweet received 121,000 retweets and 338,000 likes.

Lutz gave his ex-flame's letter a brutal D- and added final thoughts on the letter stating, "Need to stop contradicting your own story and pick a side", and "I would prefer details over statements". Nothing came of this, but she also reported the incident to UCF-where she was not a student-and filed a grievance.

Nick said his goal wasn't to bully his ex, who filed a complaint at the local sheriff's department and later complained to UCF, which she does not attend.

In a letter to the university, Lutz's lawyer, Jacob Stuart, called the suspension a "dangerous precedent" and said Lutz was appealing the decision.

"I think the damaging thing here is how does UCF decide what's morally harmful?" he told the Herald. "It was obvious he was making fun of her, but that's the beauty of the Constitution".

The tweet did not include anything demeaning, derogatory, or threatening, Stuart said.

The University of Central Florida student who graded a breakup letter that went viral on social media is no longer suspended from the university.

UCF declined to make anyone available for an interview, but a spokeswoman said all rulings are subject to appeal.

"It's important to understand that the process in this case may yet not be complete", Gilmartin said.

While prosecutors never pursued the charges, Lutz says he has been suspended from his school - despite the fact that his former girlfriend is not a student there. "He doesn't want anything", he said. "He just wants to go back to school and graduate".

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