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Support for Student Deaths

The Office of the Dean of Students serves as a liaison for those affected by the loss and University officials when a student passes away. Our support includes:

  • Notification to University officials and academic department chair
  • Serving as the liaison for family members inquiring about the students’ University matters such as financial aid/billing, housing, retrieval of personal belongings from campus housing, and posthumous degrees/certificates of achievement
  • Providing support to those in the campus community affected by the loss

If you are made aware of the death of an undergraduate or graduate student, please notify the Office of the Dean of Students by calling 801-581-7066. Any information you can provide will be helpful in facilitating support for family, friends, and the campus community. Such information may include:

  • Student's full name
  • Student ID number (if known)
  • Name and contact information of family or spouse/partner
  • Date of death
  • College and/or major (if known)
  • Enrollment status
  • Residence (on or off campus)
  • Name and contact information of student friends/campus affiliations (if known)

Student Memorial Service

Every spring, the Office of the Dean of Students works with campus partners to hold a multi-faith memorial service to honor students who have passed away during the past year. The service includes words from university administrators, the chaplain of the university hospital, readings from a variety of faiths and a reciting of the students’ names.

Posthumous Degrees and Certificates of Achievement

A posthumous award will be considered if a student was in their final semester of study and had applied to graduate. If the student does not qualify for a posthumous degree, a certificate of achievement may be awarded to honor the work the students had completed. The Office of the Dean of Students will assist in contacting the appropriate University officials to request a posthumous degree or certificate of achievement. The diploma or announcement will be released to the designated family member.

Last Updated: 5/14/21