Campus mental health services and counseling have been in the spotlight since this month's shooting by a university police officer of engineering student Scout Schultz. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting.
Schultz, president of the Georgia Tech Pride Alliance, attempted suicide two years ago, the student's mother said. Georgia Tech has declined to discuss whether it provided any counseling services for Schultz, citing federal privacy laws.
One student group, the Georgia Tech Progressive Student Alliance, announced plans after the shooting to hold a rally next week demanding better mental health services and other proposed campus improvements. Matt Wolfsen, a student leader in the alliance, said Wednesday it’s supportive of Tech’s efforts, but said some alliance members wonder if some of the funds should go to student groups at all.
Peterson announced Saturday that a $1 million endowment has been created for campus mental health services. He said Wednesday that a 16 session limit on the number of visits students can make to the campus counseling center will be temporary lifted to allow its Mental Health Action Team time to conduct a more thorough review of student needs.