Year: 2006 Source: Psychiatric Services, v.57, no.7, (July 2006), p.914-916 SIEC No: 20070006

This column examines college & university policies under which students who manifest suicidal ideation are barred from campus, usually by immediate suspension or mandatory withdrawal. Such policies, which appear to be increasing on American campuses, generally reflect administrators’ fears of legal liability for student suicide. Two recent cases are reviewed & suggestions are made of ways to change blanket policies so that students at low risk of suicide will not be barred from campus & will seek & obtain appropriate treatment. (18 refs.)