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Simmons Student Left At MIT Med

By Frank Dabek

A Simmons College student was transported by ambulance from the MIT Medical Center in “intoxicated and unresponsive” condition shortly after 4 a.m. Friday morning, according to Campus Police dispatcher logs.

The “student was dropped off in a private car” at the Medical Center, Dean for Undergraduate Education Rosalind H. Williams confirmed. She was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment and has since recovered, Williams said.

The individuals who brought the student to the Medical Center left the scene before police arrived, she said. They have not been identified.

Williams said that the Campus Police are investigating the incident and “will be trying to complete [their investigation] shortly.”

Details of the incident remained guarded. Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin refused to release additional information regarding the case citing the confidentiality of medical records.

Williams said that her office could not even confirm whether the student was under the influence of “alcohol or drugs in combination with alcohol.” The dean’s office is delaying its investigation pending the outcome of the Campus Police inquiry, she said.

Flight troubling to Williams

Williams said that the fact that the individuals who brought the student to the Medical Center left the scene is “deeply troubling.”

It’s “just the nightmare that people are trying to avoid perceived trouble” by placing others at risk, she said.

MIT strengthened its alcohol sanctions in the wake of Scott S. Krueger ’01 but Williams said that “if people understood the sanctions policy they wouldn’t behave like this.” She called any trouble from sanctions “trivial” in comparison to possible sanctions that would result from placing someone in medical danger by inaction.

Williams cautioned against linking the flight to fears of sanctions before the investigation into the case is completed but said that if such a link could be established the office would need to “redouble our efforts at education.”