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Medical News and Perspectives
August 2, 2006

Experts Work to Prevent College Suicides

JAMA. 2006;296(5):502-504. doi:10.1001/jama.296.5.502

Toronto—Feeling depressed after a friend's suicide, a college student voluntarily admitted himself to his university hospital's psychiatric unit. Within 2 days, the university barred him from campus and suspended him from school.

The student is now suing the institution, George Washington University in Washington, DC, claiming his suspension violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case received extensive press coverage, often critical of the university. In a March 13 editorial, the Washington Post said, “If the university wants to encourage ill students to seek timely treatment, this is a strange way to go about it.”

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