Stanford goalkeeper Katie Meyer was facing disciplinary action before tragically taking her own life in February, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her parents against the university.
Meyer was said to be riding her bike in the summer when she apparently spilled coffee on a Stanford soccer player, who allegedly sexually assaulted a female soccer player – a minor at the time – according to the lawsuit, which was obtained by USA Today Sports. Meyer, who served as captain of the Stanford women’s soccer team, received notice of impending disciplinary action regarding the incident, which took place in August, the night of her death, according to the lawsuit.
“Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary charge, along with Katie’s reckless nature and manner of submission, caused Katie to experience an acute stress reaction that impulsively led to her suicide,” reads the statement. complaint.
“Katie’s suicide was completed without planning and only in response to the shocking and deeply moving information she received from Stanford while she was alone in her room, without any support or resources.”
Meyer allegedly received the notice after 7 p.m., when campus counseling resources were already closed, according to the complaint, which also noted that Meyer “immediately responded to the email expressing how shocked and shocked she was.” distraught “to have been accused and threatened with withdrawal from the university.
The lawsuit alleges that Stanford “did not respond to Katie’s expression of distress, instead ignored her and scheduled a meeting 3 days later via email,” and how university employees “n have made no effort to verify Katie’s well-being, either through a simple phone call or in-person wellness check.
Dee Mostofi, Stanford’s assistant vice president of external communications, said the head of the community office contacted Meyer “several days” before the late student-athlete received the official letter. Mostofi said the OCS individual “gave Katie until that date to provide any additional information to consider” and that Meyer “did not provide any information and the OCS informed her on evening of February 28 that the case would go to hearing”.
“The Stanford community continues to mourn Katie’s tragic death and we sympathize with her family for the unimaginable pain Katie’s passing has caused them,” Mostofi said in an email to USA Today. “However, we strongly disagree with any assertion that the university is responsible for his death.”
Meyer’s notice would have contained a phone number to contact for “immediate assistance” and would have advised that the resource was available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, according to Mostofi. Meyer was also reportedly “explicitly told that it was not a determination that she had done anything wrong, and OCS offered to meet with her to discuss the matter if she wished.”
The football player was not seeking any punishment that would “impact” Meyer’s life during the disciplinary process, according to USA Today.
Meyer was 22 at the time of his death.
In Burbank, Calif., Meyer helped Stanford win the 2019 NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. She majored in international relations and minored in history.
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