The case of this one student raised the wider question of what precautions universities should take in the case of troubled or suicidal students generally. Obviously, all depressed students are not eligible for expulsion, CBS' Cynthia Bowers observed: at Virginia Tech alone, 2,200 seek counseling each year. Bowers inquired whether expulsions ever occurred--"have there been cases where you have sent the child home?"--but the very formulation of her question was flawed. Almost all college students are not children and "any student over 18 is an adult with legal privacy protections," ABC's Dan Harris pointed out. "Schools have long struggled to strike a balance between protecting the privacy of the individual and the safety of everyone else," mused Harris. "That balance may now shift firmly in favor of safety."
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