Under settlement with family, Va. Tech must notify parents of suicidal students

One November day in 2007, an e-mail arrived at the Virginia Tech health center warning that a 21-year-old senior named Daniel Kim might be suicidal. Within weeks, Kim was dead. And only then did his parents learn of the e-mail, the Washington Post reports. Four years later, the university has reached a legal settlement with the Kim family that requires school officials to notify parents or guardians when a student is suicidal. The agreement, signed by a Fairfax County judge last month, was disseminated by the Kim family last week. Colleges don’t routinely call home at the first sign that a student is in trouble. It’s one of the ways college differs from high school: College officials view students as adults, capable of self-governance and entitled to a measure of privacy…

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