After the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, many colleges amended their policies to make clear they could force students to withdraw if they considered them homicidal or suicidal. But a change in Federal law now says that taking such actions is discrimination, particularly if the student is only a direct threat to himself.
However, making that distinction is difficult. And now, university administrators are confused about what they can and cannot do with students who are a direct threat to themselves or others. The issue hinges on the definition of direct threat.