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The family of star football player Katie Meyer, who died by suicide last spring, has filed a lawsuit against Stanford University and several administrators over their actions in connection with a possible disciplinary action that caused her to “suffer an acute stress reaction.” which has suddenly led to this” His suicide.”
Meyer, a senior who helped Stanford win the 2019 NCAA championship, was found dead in his dorm room in March. His parents said in the days after his suicide that Meer faced consequences after standing up for a teammate on campus shortly before his death.
“The actions that led to Katie Meyer’s death began and ended with Stanford University,” the lawsuit alleges.
In August 2021, Mir was riding a bicycle when he allegedly spilled coffee on a soccer player who, according to the lawsuit, had sexually assaulted an underage teammate.
In response to that incident, Meyer received a formal letter of accusation from Stanford’s Office of Community Standards informing him of impending disciplinary action, the lawsuit states. According to the indictment, the letter was emailed to her on the evening of her death, exactly six months after the spilled coffee incident.
“We are deeply saddened and disappointed by what we have learned since her death, and we have no choice but to continue litigating to achieve justice for Katie and protect future students,” the Meyer family said in a statement.
In a statement to CNN, Stanford University spokesperson Dee Mostofi denied the claims of the lawsuit.
“The Stanford community continues to mourn Katie’s tragic death, and our condolences go out to her family for the unimaginable pain Katie’s passing has caused them,” Mostofi wrote.
However, we strongly disagree with any allegation that the university is responsible for his death. Mostofi added: While we have not yet seen the official complaint of the Mayer family, we are aware of some of the allegations made in the case which are false and misleading.
The letter “contained threatening language about sanctions and ‘potential removal from the university,'” according to the complaint.
The official disciplinary letter related to the spilled coffee also informed Kathy that her diploma was suspended just three (3) months before graduation. Threatening his status as a Stanford student, captain and member of the football team, advisor-in-residence, Mayfield fellow, innovative defense researcher, and his ability to attend Stanford Law School, among other things.
After receiving the letter, Mir immediately responded to the email, telling the university that he was “shocked and distraught” by the move.
The Stanford staff failed to support Katie when she expressed her feelings of frustration, she feared that an accident would destroy my future, and she feared for months that my clumsiness would ruin my chances of leaving Stanford. The petition goes on to say that he experiences great “anxiety” regarding the OCS process.
The letter to Mayer also included “a number to call immediately for support and specifically told her that this resource was available to her 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” according to university spokeswoman Mostofi.
It emphasizes that we are committed to supporting students through the student justice process under OCS, and we did so in this case. In particular, the university offered Cathy a counselor to work with her during the process and told her she could have a support person of her choosing with her at any meeting or conversation with OCS, Mostofi added.
Noting that Mayer had no prior history of mental illness, the lawsuit details what he had done in the days leading up to his death, including buying plane tickets, planning a birthday party, and attending classes and soccer practice as usual. , presents.