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MIT Subject of Wrongful Death Suit

January 28, 2002

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) _ The family of a student who committed suicide at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by setting herself on fire filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday accusing MIT administrators and counselors of negligence.

Elizabeth Shin, 19, of Livingston, N.J., died in April 2000 in her dormitory room. She had received treatment through MIT’s counseling and support services for more than a year before her death.

In the lawsuit, Cho H. Shin and Kisuk P. Shin claim school administrators and health services counselors failed to properly deal with obvious signs of mental illness shown by their daughter, who had repeatedly threatened to commit suicide.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

The school has denied any wrongdoing.

``Many people at MIT had offered as much help and support as they could to her,″ MIT lawyer Jeffrey Swope said in a statement Friday, when the family announced plans to sue.

Since 1990, 12 students have committed suicide at MIT. A report issued by an MIT committee in August concluded that the university needs to make ``significant changes″ in its mental health services.

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