In Feb. 2013, a Western Michigan University student filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) when he was “involuntarily withdrawn” from the institution after being hospitalized for showing suicidal tendencies. The student said the university discriminated against him due to his depression and anxiety. He won his appeal and was readmitted, only to take his life in October 2013. In the meantime, WMU has submitted a new policy to the OCR for review.
At issue are Title II regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act that changed in March 2011, making schools question what they are able to do if a student is a direct threat to him or herself. The new regulations only define a “direct threat” to others. Read more about this confusion and what it means for administrators addressing high-risk students here and here.
Learn more about this issue with our brand new Title II Compliance Binder and CD: Handling Direct Threats Under Federal Disability Law. And listen in to the “Title II Update: Direct Threat Protocol and Policies” webinar on Feb. 19 from 2-3:30 pm (ET).
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