Notification Regarding Death
Date of Current Revision: November, 2011
Responsible Officer: Executive Assistant to the President
This policy provides for the proper notification to the university community regarding the death of a member of the university community. It will facilitate an appropriate response and record the information in university databases.
The Board of Visitors has granted the president the authority to create and manage policies for the effective operation of the university.
Member of the University Community:
For the purposes of this policy, a faculty member, staff member, student, alumnus, parent, donor, or other individual affiliated with the university.
This policy applies to all members of the university community.
The university wishes to respond appropriately when it is notified of the death of a member of the university community. When a senior vice president or executive assistant to the president is notified that a member of the James Madison University community has died, the university will follow a specific set of procedures for the appropriate response.
A member of the university community who learns of the death of a faculty member, staff member, current student, alumnus, parent, donor, or other individual affiliated with the university should notify the following office according to the connection between the university and the decedent:
The senior vice president or executive assistant to the president will verify the information, as appropriate. Notification will be forwarded to the president’s office, Public Affairs, and the other senior vice presidents and the executive assistant to the president. Each senior vice president shall be responsible for notifying areas within their division that need to have this information to maintain the accuracy of the university’s internal records:
To facilitate the university's response to the death, the respective senior vice president will coordinate with the President's Office and communicate with units and departments, as
appropriate, for attendance at the funeral or memorial service, correspondence with the family, contribution/donation (i.e., a memorial or scholarship fund), or floral arrangement. The respective vice president or executive assistant to the president may also be involved in the coordination of a campus memorial service based on request from members of the student community. Individual divisions, departments and offices will coordinate their individual responses and participation as appropriate and will follow university policies.
It is the responsibility of all members of the university community to notify the appropriate persons as soon as possible in the event of the death of a member of the university community.
It is the responsibility of the appropriate senior vice president or executive assistant to the president to coordinate the university's response with the President's Office and to notify the Office of Public Affairs.
It is the responsibility of individual units or departments to contact the office of the appropriate person before responding to the news of the death.
The authority to interpret this policy rests with the president and is generally delegated to the Executive Assistant to the President.
Previous version: May, 2011
Approved by the President: August, 2003
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