In a Surprise Move, MIT Settles Closely Watched Student-Suicide Case

For years, the lawsuit arising from the death of Elizabeth H. Shin, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who died on the campus in 2000, has rattled college administrators throughout the nation.

Ms. Shin's parents sued MIT for $27-million, alleging that the institution had failed to prevent her apparent suicide, and last summer a Massachusetts judge ruled that the plaintiffs could seek damages from individual staff members named in the lawsuit.

Last week, MIT