Responding to a Student Death
In the event of a student death, it is incumbent upon the University and its personnel to respond in a sensitive and caring manner while recognizing the range of feelings and responses that surround such serious circumstances. A student death naturally affects the family and friends of the deceased most acutely, although the entire University community is impacted. To help manage such situations, this policy provides guidance and sets forth response protocols for the University units that typically must respond prudentially in support of the bereaved and the larger University community. University personnel responsible for implementing this policy are to effectively coordinate and communicate with all parties and units as necessary and appropriate while being guided by empathy, sensitivity, and concern for those most directly affected.
Any person who becomes aware of the death of a student on the Flagstaff mountain campus should immediately notify the NAU Police Department (928-523-3000). University employees should also inform the Office of the Dean of Students (928-523-5181) as soon as possible. For assistance with any matter pertaining to a student death, contact the Office of the Dean of Students.
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