No one is ready to talk about it, but the University of Notre Dame must soon answer a difficult question: What is the university willing to do for the family of Declan Sullivan, the 20-year-old football videographer who fell to his death while taping practice in 50 mph winds last month?

It was, of course, a tragedy of monumental proportions that sent waves of shock and grief through the university community. Sullivan was buried in his hometown of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and now both the university and the Sullivan family face a thicket of legal and moral issues. What is the responsibility of the university for the death of a student-employee who was put in harm’s way? Is the family willing to make demands on a university that it clearly loves? (Declan’s sister is a freshman at Notre Dame.) What does the legal system provide?

The Indiana laws that apply to this tragedy might not be helpful to the Sullivan family, if it wishes to seek redress for Declan’s death. Notre Dame paid him for his work; so as an employee who was killed while on the job, his family is limited to what is available under Indiana workers’ compensation law.

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