UF grad student’s spouse and children documents claim from college after suicide

Thomas J. Weber

The relatives of a University of Florida graduate pupil who died by suicide has submitted a authorized criticism in search of unspecified money damages towards the faculty for neglecting to intervene in what it stated was mistreatment by a former professor.

The statement of claim filed by the spouse and children of Huixiang Chen with the Florida Office of Economic Services is a authorized maneuver that is a precursor to a civil lawsuit against a state govt company. Chen, 30, hanged himself in a college lab in June 2019 and remaining guiding notes accusing his tenured professor in the Department of Electrical and Personal computer Engineering, Tao Li, 49, of abusive actions and tutorial misconduct.

The claim claimed Li “engaged in a sample of emotional abuse, harassment, intimidation, threats and deceit” involving Chen and his reports, and explained with out citing evidence that the university had “notice and knowledge” of Li’s conduct and Chen’s “imminent danger of suicide.” 

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It sought unspecified payment for damages and attorney’s costs. It said the university and at minimum 1 other person it did not detect — presumably Li — were liable in Chen’s loss of life, and explained a troubled romantic relationship concerning Chen and Li.