Universities used GDPR to hide suicide attempts

05/06/2023 | The Guardian

A recent debate at Westminster Hall has raised questions about whether there should be a legal duty of care for students in higher education.

During the dabate, MPs criticised universities for citing the UK general data protection regulation (GDPR) as an excuse for not informing parents when their child has attempted suicide. In some instances, universities were accused of telling students via email that they had to leave without explaining, giving zero marks, and failing to use contact emergency numbers during times of crisis.

The dabate followed a petition started by a group of bereaved parents whose children tragically took their own lives while attending university.

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