When a student dies

Autumn leaves against a blue sky

The purpose of this protocol is to provide guidance to University staff who have to repond to the death of a student.

The document is in four sections:

Guidance: what to do when a student dies (PDF , 846kb)  ‌- the main guidance document (without appendixes)

Appendix 1 - Key contacts for when a student dies (PDF , 472kb)

Who to contact

  • Jill Ellis
    Deputy Director - Student Support
    Student Hub, Market Square
    01904 324140
    student-hub@york.ac.uk

    Office Hours: Term time: 9am - 5pm, Monday to Thursday, 10am - 5pm Friday
    Office hours: Vacation: 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday   

When a student dies - appendix 2 (PDF , 108kb) - attitudes to death, dying and bereavement in various world faiths/cultures

Guidance on what to do when a student dies - Appendix 3 (PDF , 189kb) - advice for staff

The full protocol was approved at the January 2013 meeting of Student Experience Committee. It was updated with minor amendments in March 2017.