Buzzfeed has a rather detailed writeup on the experiences of a student who was placed on a medical leave at Brown University that now appears to be permanent. We don’t want to judge the events surrounding this particular student as there are likely three sides to this story, i.e. his, the school’s and the truth that is probably somewhere in between.
What we do feel comfortable opining is that we have seen cases a bit similar to Dave’s and even very strong appeal cases are likely to be successful less than 50% of the time. We offer the following general advice for students depending on where they may be with regards to this issue.
1. [If you’re still in high school and not yet enrolled in a college] Avoid elite universities if you’re unsure about your mental health state. (Yes, we’re aware these issues are often just beginning to form in the late teenage years.) You can always attend an elite graduate school later when you may be more mature and capable and when the social pressures will feel a lot less.
2. [If you sense you may be facing issues and you’re already at school] Seek help immediately. (Again, we realize recognizing the problem before there is a large event is not always easy nor even feasible in all cases.)
3. [If you have had any types of issues at your school already] Get someone to represent you immediately. The school is not necessarily going to be looking out for your best interests. Having a consultant and a lawyer to screen all communications — including social media posts — is going to save you from potentially making a messy situation appear even worse.
As we’ve stressed in many other threads on this board, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1.800.809.0800 (in the US and Canada) or +1 703.242.5885 if you’re anywhere else. We’re happy to talk and offer any help or support we can. These situations are tragic but there are ways to avoid and/or mitigate some of the damage if proper action is taken promptly.