Katie Meyer’s parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford University alleging the 21-year-old concierge was distraught over the disciplinary action she faced following an incident in August 2021.
Meyer took her own life in late February. The civil lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. USA Today newspaper obtained a copy of the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that Meyer spilled coffee on a college soccer player who had allegedly sexually assaulted another teammate.
It also includes that Meyer received a formal written notice on the night of February 28, the same night that he died, and in which he was accused of a “violation of fundamental rules.”
Due to the violation, his diploma was put on hold for a few months before he could graduate, according to USA Today.
Her parents claim in the lawsuit that the notice was delivered “after hours” when Meyer was “alone in her room with no support or resources.”
According to the lawsuit, Meyer responded to an email in which she “said she was ‘extremely shocked and distressed’ to be accused and threatened to expel her from the university,” and received another follow-up email in which she was scheduled to meet. meeting three days later.
The parents said in the lawsuit that Meyer had “an acute stress reaction that impulsively led” to take her own life.
According to the lawsuit, Meyer told Stanford University employees in November 2021 that she was “scared for months that my clumsiness would ruin my chances of leaving Stanford with a good grade.”
Stanford’s assistant vice president for external communications, Dee Mostofi, told USA Today on Wednesday that the university “strongly disagrees” with the claim in the lawsuit that the school was responsible for Meyer’s death and that it had not seen court papers. .
Meyer was a member of the United States women’s national team in 2019. She saved two shots in a shootout win over North Carolina after a 0-0 draw in regulation.