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The parents of Scott Krueger have reached a $6 million settlement of their claims against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in connection with their son’s death at an MIT fraternity in September 1997 after a hazing incident involving alcohol. The Kruegers have also accepted a personal apology from MIT President Charles Vest. According to a prepared statement, the settlement was the outcome of an emotional mediation session which took place last week near the Kruegers’ home in Orchard Park, New York. The session was the first time since Scott’s death that the Kruegers met and spoke directly with Dr. Vest and former Dean of Students Rosalind Williams. Of the $6 million settlement, $4.75 million will be paid to the Kruegers as compensatory damages, and $1.25 million will be contributed by MIT to a scholarship fund to be established by the Kruegers in memory of their son. The settlement was announced Wednesday during at press conference called by the Kruegers and their attorney, Leo V. Boyle of Boston’s Meehan, Boyle & Cohen at the Massachusetts Bar Association. “We have always believed in our hearts that Scott’s death was a preventable tragedy,” said Darlene Krueger in a prepared statement. “Now MIT is addressing the campus-wide problems that caused Scott’s death so that perhaps no other child will have to die.” Scott Krueger was found unconscious Sept. 27, 1997, in the basement of his fraternity house, Phi Gamma Delta, after a night of hazing. His blood alcohol content was .401, five times the Massachusetts legal driving limit. He was rushed to Beth Israel Hospital in an alcohol-induced coma. He died three days later. In September 1998, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office indicted the Boston Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta on manslaughter charges. Those charges are still pending. In addition to a personal apology, MIT President Vest promised the Kruegers that campus life at MIT will forever be changed, according to a family statement. Among the changes at the school: � By August 2002 at the latest, all MIT freshmen will be required to live in university owned, operated and supervised dormitories; � Every fraternity and sorority will have a resident adviser who is not an undergraduate; � MIT police will maintain jurisdiction over fraternities and sororities which are located in Boston; � MIT’s alcohol policies and their enforcement will continue to be aggressively strengthened.

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