Year: 2004 Source: Chevy Chase, MD: United Educators, 2004. 6p. SIEC No: 20080283

This publication discusses the most common claims against American colleges & universities with respect to student suicides. The most common claims have been: the institution put the student in harm’s way; the institution failed to recognize suicide warning signs; & the institution failed to respond appropriately to warning signs. It is stated that, legally, the safest course is to notify the family of a genuinely suicidal student unless there are indications parental notification would be harmful. Hospitalization is discussed as another appropriate response to a suicidal student. A list of resources for further reading is provided.