College Threatens to Punish Students for Discussing Suicidal Thoughts

September 22, 2016

By Debbie Encalada at Complex

Northern Michigan University continues to threaten to punish students who discuss suicidal thoughts, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). FIRE cites one NMU student who received a warning after seeking out help for sexual assault. According to RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest International Network), 80 percent of female college-age victims of sexual violence don’t report the attacks to police, with 20 percent of them reportedly not doing so out of “fear of reprisal.” Fear of expulsion, like in NMU’s case, could only increase that percentage…

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