Legal Issues in Campus Suicide Prevention
Students, Parents and Suicide: What’s the Role of the University, May 15, 2018
Duty To Protect-California Supreme Court Ruling, March 26, 2018
Legal Issues in Campus Suicide Prevention Annotated Bibliography Resource Document on College Mental Health and Confidentiality, April 2017 (PDF .29 MB)
Resource Document on College Mental Health and Confidentiality, October 2016 (PDF .796 MB)
Making the Call: Parental Notification of Suicidal Students (PDF 3.6 MB)
Prepared by: National Center for Higher Education Risk Management/Year published: 2015
A resource created by two attorneys and two clinicians addressing the question of when parents should be notified about suicidal students.
Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams (PDF 1.42 MB)
Prepared by: Higher Education Mental Health Alliance/Year published: 2012
A resource created by the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) to provide guidance for the structure and function of “campus teams” (commonly called threat assessment teams). In the wake of violent acts at universities in Virginia and Illinois, many campuses have created campus teams to identify and assess the behaviors of distressed students. These teams are tasked with providing “appropriate, case-by-case responses” to maintain safety on university campuses. Pages 20-23 address legal challenges inherent in balancing the needs of the distressed student with concerns for the safety of the community.
Virginia College Mental Health Study (PDF 1 MB)
Prepared for: The Joint Commission on Health Care of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia/Year published: 2011
It includes addressing the roles and responsibilities of colleges in responding to possible student mental health crises, including notification and sharing of information, threat assessment, initiation and participation in commitment proceedings and follow-up.
Student Mental Health and the Law: A Resource for Institutions of Higher Ed (PDF .448 MB)
Prepared by: The Jed Foundation/Year published: 2008
A comprehensive assessment of legal implications for universities in managing the needs of distressed students. This resource provides useful explanations of federal laws including FERPA (pages 7-8), HIPAA (page 10), and ADA (page 12-19). This resource is very useful in addressing a wide variety of concerns related to distressed students including assessments of mental health, appropriate on-campus interventions, and follow-up after discharge from the hospital.
Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights (PDF .576 MB)
Prepared by: The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law/Year published: 2008
A resource created by The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law that provides a discussion of the rights of students as they relate to mental health. The resource provides straightforward, easy-tounderstand explanations of many issues that students may have questions about including topics such as privacy rights and ways to seek accommodations for mental health concerns.
Supporting Students: A Model Policy for Colleges and Universities (PDF .072 MB)
Prepared by: The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law/Year published: 2007
This resource created by The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law provides a useful model for universities to address the concerns of a distressed student and “…develop a nondiscriminatory approach to a student who is in crisis because of a mental health problem.” This resource focuses on providing support and care for the student to encourage help-seeking behaviors.
Best Practices for Supporting Suicidal Students within a Risk Management Framework (PDF .044 MB)
Prepared by: National Center for Higher Education Risk Management/Year published: Unknown
A resource that provides an explanation of how the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act apply to suicidal students. It includes the basic steps a university should take in order to accommodate the needs of distressed students. The author emphasizes the importance of focusing on the needs of the distressed student and how the university may support that student rather than jumping immediately to separation or discipline for violation of conduct codes.
A Developmental Framework for A Code of Student Conduct: The NCHERM Group Model Code Project
Campus Based Suicide Postvention
Responding To Suicide: Resources on Campus Based Suicide Postvention (PDF .244 MB)
POSTVENTION:A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses (PDF 0.98 MB)
Aftermath of Tragic Events: The Development and Use of Community Support Meetings on a University Campus (PDF .202 MB)
After A Suicide: Recommendations for Religious Services & Other Public Memorial Observances (PDF .935 MB)
Responding to Suicide Clusters on College Campuses (Recording of a Web Conference)
Institution-wide Campus Suicide Prevention
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Colleges and Universities
Restricting Access to Lethal Means on College and University Campuses (PDF .062 MB)
Research and Suicide Prevention: Top 10 Findings (PDF .87 MB)
Learning More about Suicide through Research (video series), 2017
Virtual Learning Lab: Campus Suicide Prevention
The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program
The Role of Peers in Campus Based Suicide Prevention, 2011 (PDF .852 MB)
A Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student (PDF 3.23 MB)
Connectedness and Suicide Prevention In College Settings, 2012 (PDF .374 MB)
Implementation of Mental Health Clinical Triage Services in University Health Services (PDF .796 MB)
College Counseling from a Distance: Deciding Whether and When to Engage in Telemental Health Services, 2019 (PDF 1.62 MB)
Is it Possible to Assess Short-Term Risk of Suicide?, 2009
Guidelines for Campus Suicide Prevention Events (coming soon)