Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, behind alcohol and drug overdoses. Twenty-four Virginia college students died from suicide in 2012, according to the Virginia Violent Death Reporting System.
After the recent deaths of two Virginia Commonwealth University students were ruled as suicides, students around Virginia are asking questions about how universities report student deaths to their campus communities.
College students from across Virginia met at the General Assembly this past week to lobby legislators about progressive issues, such as Medicaid expansion, women’s reproductive rights and education for undocumented students.
The fight for marriage equality for same-sex couples in Virginia continues to progress through the courts after a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional last week.