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The household of Katie Meyer, a star soccer participant who died by suicide final spring, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford University and several other directors alleging their actions surrounding a possible disciplinary motion triggered her “to undergo an acute stress response that impulsively led to each suicide.”
Meyer, a senior who helped safe the 2019 NCAA championship title for Stanford, was discovered lifeless in her dorm room in March. Shortly earlier than her death, Meyer was dealing with repercussions after defending a teammate on campus, her mother and father mentioned within the days following her suicide.
“The actions that led to the death of Katie Meyer started and ended with Stanford University,” the lawsuit alleges, and makes public for the primary time particulars of the allegations that sparked the potential disciplinary motion.
In August 2021, Meyer was driving a motorbike when she allegedly spilled espresso on a soccer participant who allegedly sexually assaulted one of her minor teammates, in response to the lawsuit.
In response to that incident, Meyer acquired a proper cost letter from Stanford’s Office of Community Standards, informing her of impending disciplinary motion, the lawsuit states. The letter was despatched to her through e-mail on the night of her death and precisely six months after the spilled espresso incident, in response to the lawsuit.
“We are deeply troubled and disillusioned with what we’ve got realized since her passing and haven’t any selection however to maneuver ahead with litigation to attain justice for Katie and defend future college students,” the Meyer household mentioned in an announcement.
In an announcement to CNN, Stanford University spokesperson Dee Mostofi refuted the lawsuit’s claims.
“The Stanford neighborhood continues to grieve Katie’s tragic death and we sympathize together with her household for the unimaginable ache that Katie’s passing has triggered them,” Mostofi wrote.
“However, we strongly disagree with any assertion that the college is chargeable for her death. While we’ve got not but seen the formal grievance introduced by the Meyer household, we’re conscious of some of the allegations made within the submitting, that are false and deceptive,” Mostofi added.
According to the lawsuit, the letter “contained threatening language relating to sanctions and potential ‘removing from the college.'”
“The formal disciplinary cost letter associated to spilled espresso additionally knowledgeable Katie her diploma was being positioned on maintain solely three (3) months shy of her commencement; threatening her standing as a Stanford scholar, Captain and member of the Soccer workforce, Residential Advisor, Mayfield Fellow, Defense Innovative Scholar, and her capability to attend Stanford Law college, amongst many different issues.”
After receiving the letter, Meyer instantly responded to the e-mail, telling the college that she was “shocked and distraught” over the motion, the lawsuit claims.
“Stanford staff did not help Katie when she expressed emotions of despair, she was ‘terrified an accident will destroy my future,’ and she had ‘been scared for months that my clumsiness will destroy my possibilities of leaving Stanford on notice,’ and experiencing a lot ‘nervousness’ associated to the OCS Process,” the lawsuit additional states.
According to Mostofi, the college spokesperson, the letter to Meyer additionally contained “a quantity to name for quick help and was particularly informed that this useful resource was obtainable to her 24 hours a day, seven days every week.”
“It is vital to emphasise that we’re dedicated to supporting college students by the scholar judicial course of beneath OCS, and we did so on this case. In specific, the college provided Katie an advisor to work together with her all through the method and informed her she may have a help individual of her selecting together with her in any assembly or dialog with OCS,” Mostofi added.
Noting that Meyer had no prior historical past of psychological sickness, the lawsuit additional particulars plans she had made within the days earlier than her death, together with buying airplane tickets, planning a party and attending class and soccer follow as regular.