Is the Law a Barrier to Campus Safety?

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Richard J. Bonnie

University of Virginia - School of Law

Date Written: April 4, 2008


The horrifying killings committed by Seung Hui Cho on the Virginia Tech campus on April 16, 2007 highlighted a growing concern about students with mental health problems on campuses across the country. Many students arrive on campus taking anti-depressants and other psychiatric medications. The American College Health Association’s Survey in 2006 indicated that about half of students are depressed to the point of feeling overwhelmed at times, 10% said they felt hopeless nine or more times over the past year, and 10% have considered suicide. There are in fact about 1300 suicides on campus every year.

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Bonnie, Richard J., Is the Law a Barrier to Campus Safety? (April 4, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

Richard J. Bonnie (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - School of Law ( email )

580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

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