When Virginia Polytechnic Institute senior Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others before taking his own life on April 16, 2007, it was a wakeup call about shortcomings in the way colleges and universities approached student mental health.

Cho had a history of depression and anxiety disorders dating back to middle school and had exhibited alarming behavior on campus, including stalking two female students and submitting disturbing creative writing assignments that prompted at least one professor to urge him to get counseling. Yet he slipped through the cracks, in part because of a lack of communication between...

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Rena Wish Cohen is a freelance contributor to eCampus News.