Why UVa Students Are Lobbying Against Two Mental Health Bills

Two bills concerning mental health reporting on Virginia’s college campuses are facing some pushback from University of Virginia students. The bills have already advanced in both the Virginia House and Senate, but UVa students don’t intend on letting them get any further. The legislation in question includes HB 1715, which would provide a legal requirement for resident advisors to notify campus threat assessment teams when a student is exhibiting suicidal tendencies, and SB 1122, which would require parents to be notified if their student is displaying suicidal tendencies. Counseling centers would be exempt from the Senate bill’s mandate.

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