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Revisions made to university's Student Death Protocol


Recent revisions have been made to the university’s Student Death Protocol to help ensure that appropriate and consistent action is taken in the event that a student dies.

“Our response must be coordinated, compassionate and timely,” says Associate Dean Student Affairs Roxy Denniston-Stewart. “It must respect the rights and needs of the family and be in keeping with the specific circumstances surrounding the death.”

Although each situation is unique and assessed individually, the protocol, which is part of theuniversity’s overall Emergency Response Plan, acts as a guide. The response will vary depending on a number of factors, including the manner and cause of death, the student’s affiliation with the university and the place where the death occurred.

The university’s Response Team, with members from Student Affairs, Campus Security, Communications and the University Chaplain work together to determine the appropriate level of response as outlined in the protocol.

“Student death often presents a situation that requires a quick and effective response,” says David Patterson, Director, Campus Security. “It is important that the facts are gathered and verified and appropriate notification is taken as quickly as possible. The revised protocol provides a framework for moving forward.”

The protocol is a dynamic document and will be updated as necessary to reflect best practices in managing crises involving our students. The most recent version of the Protocol is available at www.queensu.ca/studentaffairs

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