Background Note | HBS Case Collection | February 2002

Mediating in the Wake of Disaster: The MIT Settlement

by Michael A. Wheeler and Gillian Morris


In 1997, MIT freshman Scott Kruger died from alcohol poisoning after a ritual fraternity ceremony. His death sparked national controversy over the responsibility of universities for their students. For his parents, though, the pain was personal and almost solely directed at the leadership of MIT. In such an emotionally charged situation, it is remarkable that the lawyers on both sides came to a settlement.

Keywords: Higher Education; Negotiation Deal; Moral Sensibility; Leadership; Situation or Environment; Framework; Legal Services Industry; Education Industry;


Wheeler, Michael A., and Gillian Morris. "Mediating in the Wake of Disaster: The MIT Settlement." Harvard Business School Background Note 902-188, February 2002.