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MIT Revokes Graduate’s Diploma

July 30, 1999

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has revoked a graduate’s diploma for his involvement in the 1997 death of a student who suffered alcohol poisoning after a fraternity party.

Charles Yoo, 23, now a Philadelphia stockbroker, was called back to his alma mater this week for a hearing in which his diploma was rescinded, said his lawyer, who plans to sue the school.

``They chose to scapegoat my client and take his degree, which he had earned and been awarded over a year ago,″ lawyer Timothy M. Burke said. ``Frankly, it’s outrageous.″

Police said Scott Krueger, 18, died in September 1997 after he was forced to drink huge quantities of liquor as part of a pledge contest at ``Animal House Night″ at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house. Krueger, of Orchard Park, N.Y., fell into a coma, and died several days later.

Krueger’s blood alcohol level was 0.401 percent when he was hospitalized _ more than five times the state’s legal limit for drivers.

Yoo was the pledge trainer at the fraternity, and prosecutors said he gave the freshmen, including Krueger, whiskey and beer he had purchased.

The MIT chapter of the fraternity disbanded after prosecutors indicted it for manslaughter. The case was never prosecuted because no one showed up in court to represent the house.

MIT spokeswoman Sarah Wright refused to comment. She would not say whether the school had ever tried to revoke a graduate’s diploma.

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