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MIT’s Statement on Summary Judgment

MIT’s Statement on Summary Judgment

July 22, 2005 — The Middlesex Superior Court has issued its ruling on several motions for summary judgment that were filed in the lawsuit brought by the parents of Elizabeth Shin. Judge Christine McEvoy granted MIT’s motion for summary judgment in its entirety and dismissed all claims against MIT. The Court dismissed some of the claims against two MIT administrators and against four MIT psychiatrists, all of whom are being sued individually, but ruled that other claims against these individuals, which involve disputed factual issues, must be decided by a jury. (The Shins earlier had agreed to voluntarily dismiss the claims they asserted against another administrator, a MIT psychiatrist and the campus police officers.)

MIT is pleased that the Court has granted summary judgment on all claims against the Institute, but is disappointed that summary judgment was denied on some of the claims against the individual defendants. As MIT stated at the outset of the litigation, the death of Elizabeth Shin was a tragedy — for this bright young woman, her family and friends, and all those at MIT who tried to help her. But it was not the fault of MIT or anyone who works at MIT. The Institute will continue its defense of the members of its community who tried to help her.

SOURCE: MIT NEWS OFFICE