Inquiry: The Journal of the Virginia Community Colleges


Melissa Wood

Author Bio(s)

Melissa Wood is a Counselor for students with disabilities at Southside Virginia Community College. She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor of Human Services and Chemistry. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.Ed in Counseling from Virginia State University. Currently, she is pursuing an Ed.D in Human Services Administration with a minor in Higher Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University.


In the past twenty years, the number of college students with clinical depression and suicidal tendencies has tripled, and approximately 1.6 million students sought counseling assistance last year. It is perhaps no wonder that acts of violence on campuses have increased as well. This article examines what administrators can do in order to protect our colleges from further tragic occurrences.