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12 March 2007 @ 02:00 pm
How should colleges respond to suicidal students?  
Salon has an article about this issue--The Suicide Test.

There are also some excellent letters.

I will say that I received a fair number of calls from college students on the hotline and there didn't seem to be enough services for them in my mind. I don't think they should be routinely run off campus to save the college from lawsuits. I believe that an assessment needs to be made as to which level of intervention is best for that student and that family--don't send students home to a crazy family that will drive them over the edge! One size fits all solutions won't cut it.
 
 
 
teacup52teacup52 on March 13th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
How old are the students that they are talking about. Are they adults?
If so then they are responsible for their own actions and the parents should not be able to sue for lack of care. The University cannot be in " loco parentis" as the students are no longer the parent's responsibility.

Certainly there should be facilities to help students with health issues, whether they be physical, mental or spiritual health.

Students should be treated with respect that is due to all autonomous persons.