Students Forced to Sign Suicide Waiver at College

| by Michael Allen
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Thousands of students at the City College of Dongguan University of Technology in Guangdong, China reportedly have to sign a suicide waiver before they can start classes.

The "student management and self-discipline agreement" lets the school off the hook if the student decides to commit suicide.

However, one school official said the waiver is just a "dormitory code of conduct."

But outraged parents say the school should provide counseling services for students, instead of trying to absolve itself.

"The university shouldn't pass the buck when things happen on campus," an unidentified father told China Daily.

Students spend an average 8.6 hours a day in class, with several more hours of homework assignments, in China's competitive education system.

Earlier this year, two Chinese teens committed suicide after failing to finish their homework.

One of the teens, a 13-year-old boy, got up at 4 a.m. to complete his assignments, but was found hanged in his home two hours later.

Source: China Daily