Northwestern University reportedly has agreed to pay $2 million to the family of a 19-year-old student who died of alcohol poisoning in his university dorm room.

The Daily Northwestern today reported the settlement in the two-year-old case in which the university does not admit any wrongdoing, but agrees to change the way it handles alcohol consumption issues on campus.

The agreement calls for the school to review its handling of students who call for medical help in alcohol emergencies, increase funding for academic research on binge drinking and host conferences with leaders from other universities to form a unified effort to fight excessive drinking by college students.

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  1. really? the university is at

    really? the university is at fault here? good lord. Northwestern is the "least alcoholic" big ten school. Really, there is nothing they can do to "change the way it handles alcohol consumption issues on campus" because it’s not a problem

    If I were a student I would not be happy about this. $2 million dollars? really? Just because some kid drank too much….. That’s what college kids do. And as I said, NU is probably one of the safest schools in this regard

  2. Doesn’t seem to make sense

    The story doesn’t add up.  Student drinks himself to death and the university is somehow responsible?  What am I missing in the story?  Why is anyone except the student responsible? 

    Please explain.

  3. Only Reason to be “Politically Correct”

      If the university wants to help train leaders and responsible people, it must treat them as adults and let them know they are expected to act like adults.

      NU paying every time a student does something stupid, only teaches them that "someone will always pay for your mistakes."   It reminds me of  a case in California where a drunk ran over a curb and killed a man in a phone booth.   The court said AT&T was not responsible in any way but someone had to provide for the man’s family and fined AT&T $2 million.  Fortuantely a higher court reversed the judgement.

      Hopefully some judge will see how stupid this payment was an drop the settlement.

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