Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)
Carpenter v. MIT (Suicide-Related Wrongful Death)
On April 30, 2001, MIT student Julia M. Carpenter died in her dormitory room from what the Suffolk County medical examiner determined was a suicide, caused by acute cyanide poisoning. In June 2003, her parents filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit, charging that MIT and various employees were negligent in failing to prevent their daughter’s suicide. In September 2006, MIT and the Carpenters reached a settlement, the details of which were not released to the public.
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