Student Suicide Contracts

by Ben Alford

New students at the City College of Dongguan University of Technology in China are required to sign contracts to absolve all of the blame from the school if they commit suicide.

Over 5,000 new students at the University received documents asking them to sign blame away from the school in their admissions paperwork at the start of the term. While administrators have say that the documents are just a ‘warm reminder’ for new students of what they claim is long-standing policy, many parents are outraged.

Ms Li, the mother of a boy who started this year, told Time Magazine that she felt the agreement was ‘irresponsible and unfair’. She went on to say “The school should provide counselling services and other help for students, instead of trying to absolve themselves of responsibility even before anything has happened”. Another unnamed father told China Daily that he wanted to be able to trust the university that ‘it would ensure a safe environment for students’ and that “The University shouldn’t pass the buck when things happen on campus,”.

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