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family of Katie Meyera star football player who died by suicide last spring, filed a lawsuit against Stanford University and several management for wrongful death alleging their actions around a possible disciplinary action she “suffered an acute stress response that led to her suicide”.
Meyer, a senior who helped win the 2019 NCAA championship title for Stanford, was found dead in her dorm room in March. Not long before her death, Meyer was facing consequences after protecting a teammate on campus, her parents said in the days after she committed suicide.
“The actions leading to Katie Meyer’s death begin and end with Stanford University,” the lawsuit alleges, and for the first time publicly detailed the allegations that led to potential disciplinary action.
In August 2021, Meyer was cycling when she allegedly spilled coffee on a soccer player, who allegedly sexually assaulted one of her minor teammates, according to the lawsuit.
In response to that incident, Meyer received a formal letter of accusation from Stanford’s Office of Community Standards, notifying her of impending disciplinary action, the lawsuit states. According to the lawsuit, the letter was emailed to her on the evening of her death and exactly six months after the spilled coffee.
“We are deeply concerned and disappointed with what we have learned since her death and have no choice but to continue with the litigation to achieve justice for Katie and protect the students. future birth,” the Meyer family said in a statement.
In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for Stanford University, Dee Mostofi, denied the lawsuit’s claims.
“The Stanford community continues to grieve over Katie’s tragic death and we sympathize with her family for the unimaginable pain Katie’s passing has caused them,” Mostofi wrote.
“However, we strongly disagree with any assertion that the university was responsible for her death. While we have not seen the formal complaint filed by the Meyer family, we do know some of the allegations made in the filing are false and misleading,” added Mostofi.
According to the lawsuit, the letter “contains threatening language regarding sanctions and the possibility of ‘expulsion from the university’.”
“The official disciplinary allegation letter regarding the spilled coffee also informed Katie that her diploma was on hold just three (3) months before she graduated; threatened her status as a Stanford student, Captain and member of the Soccer team, Boarding Advisor, Mayfield Member, Defense Innovation Scholar and her ability to attend Stanford Law School, among more .
After receiving the letter, Meyer immediately responded to the email, telling the university she was “shocked and saddened” by the action, the lawsuit claims.
“Stanford staff did not support Katie as she expressed her feelings of despair, she was ‘feared that an accident would destroy my future’ and she had ‘feared for months that the My clumsiness will ruin my chances of leaving Stanford on a good note’. and experienced many ‘anxieties’ regarding the OCS Process,” the lawsuit further states.
According to Mostofi, a university spokesperson, the letter to Meyer also included “a phone number to call for immediate support and was specifically told that this resource was available to her 24 hours a day.” , seven days a week.”
“It is important to emphasize that we are committed to assisting students through the student justice process under OCS and we have done so in this case. In particular, the university invited Katie as a counselor to work with her throughout the process and told her that she could have a facilitator of her choice with her in any meeting or meeting. chat with OCS,” Mostofi added.
Noting that Meyer had no prior history of mental illness, the lawsuit further details the plans she made in the days leading up to her death, including buying airline tickets, organizing birthday parties, classes and soccer practice as usual.