Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court finds that colleges possess a “special relationship” with students and an affirmative duty to take reasonable measures to prevent student suicide

In the aftermath of a tragic on-campus student suicide, the student’s family sued MIT for wrongful death.  The case progressed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.  The court concluded ” a university has a special relationship with a student and a corresponding duty to take reasonable measures to prevent his or her suicide in the following circumstances.  Where a university has actual knowledge of a student’s suicide attempt that occurred while enrolled at the university or recently before matriculation, or of a student’s stated plans or intentions to commit suicide, the university has a duty to take reasonable measures under the circumstances to protect the student from self-harm.  For the full decision, click here… 
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