• Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

Katie Meyer’s family files wrongful death lawsuit against Stanford

Stanford goaltender Katie Meyer faced disciplinary action before tragically taking her own life in February, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her parents against the university.

Meyer is believed to have been riding a bike over the summer when she allegedly spilled coffee on a Stanford football player who allegedly sexually assaulted a then-underage football player, according to the lawsuit, filed by USA Today Sports. Meyer, who served as captain of the Stanford women’s soccer team, was sent a notice of upcoming disciplinary action over the incident, which occurred in August, the evening of her death, according to the lawsuit.

“Stanford’s after-hours disciplinary charges and the reckless manner in which Katie was submissive caused Katie to have an acute stress response that impulsively led to her suicide,” the complaint reads.

“Katie’s suicide was carried out without planning and solely in response to the shocking and deeply distressing information she received from Stanford while she was alone in her room without any support or resources.”

Meyer reportedly received the notification after 7 p.m. when counseling facilities on campus were already closed, according to the complaint, which also noted that Meyer “immediately responded to the email expressing how ‘ ‘shocked and upset’ at being charged and threatened with removal from college”.

Stanford Cardinal's Katie Meyer #19 defends goal against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Division I Women's Soccer Championship held at Avaya Stadium on December 8, 2019.
Stanford Cardinal’s Katie Meyer #19 defends goal against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship held at Avaya Stadium on December 8, 2019.
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The lawsuit alleges that Stanford “did not respond to Katie’s expression of distress, instead ignoring her and scheduling a meeting for three days later via email” and that university officials “made no effort to check on Katie’s well-being, either by a simple phone call or personal social check.”

Dee Mostofi, associate vice president of external communications at Stanford, explained that the head of the Office of Community contacted Meyer “several days” before the late student-athlete received the formal letter. Mostofi said the OCS person had “given Katie up to that date to provide further information for consideration” and Meyer “did not provide any information and OCS informed her on the evening of February 28 that it was escalating the matter to a hearing.” will”.

“The Stanford community continues to mourn Katie’s tragic death and we join her family in the unimaginable pain Katie’s death has caused them,” Mostofi said in an email to USA Today. “However, we strongly disagree with any claim that the university is responsible for her death.”

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Meyer pictured with her parents.
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Stanford Cardinal's Katie Meyer #19 defends goal against North Carolina Tar Heels' Alessia Russo #19 during the Division I Women's Soccer Championship held at Avaya Stadium on December 8, 2019.
Stanford Cardinal’s Katie Meyer #19 defends goal against North Carolina Tar Heels’ Alessia Russo #19 during the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship held at Avaya Stadium on December 8, 2019.
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Meyer’s message reportedly included a phone number for “immediate assistance,” and it said the resource was available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to Mostofi. Meyer is also said to have been “explicitly advised that this was not a finding that she had done anything wrong, and OCS offered to meet with her to discuss the matter if she so wished.”

The footballer was not seeking punishment that would “compromise” Meyer’s life during the disciplinary process, according to USA Today.

Meyer was 22 years old at the time of her death.

Goaltender Katie Meyer #19 of the Stanford Cardinal passes the ball to a teammate against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Division I Women's Soccer Championship at Avaya Stadium on December 8, 2019.
Goaltender Katie Meyer #19 of the Stanford Cardinal passes the ball to a teammate against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship at Avaya Stadium December 8, 2019.
NCAA photos via Getty Images

A Burbank, California, Meyer helped Stanford win the 2019 NCAA women’s soccer championship. She majored in International Relations and History as a minor.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or having a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside of the five counties, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

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