When a student dies

In the event of a student death, the Dean of Students Office will start the process to close the student’s records, and provide support to the student’s family.

Closing records of the student

The Dean of Students Office is responsible for initiating the process to properly close the records of deceased students. When informed of a student’s death, the Dean of Students Office will send the official campus correspondence notifying other university offices.

If you have received notification of a student death, please forward that information to the Dean of Students Office.


The closing of the student’s records helps manage the affidavit process required to return property to the estate. The Dean of Students Office also works with university offices to ensure any disposition of property.

Family support

The Dean of Students Office also provides support for the student’s family during this process.  Any questions during this difficult time can be addressed by the office.


Dean’s Office Contacts

How can we help?

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Dean of Students Office
70 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1380

Monday-Friday: 8:30am -4pm
during Fall and Spring semester

After Hours Contacts

Crisis response:
Call Mental Health Services
608-265-5600 (option 9)
Dial 911 for immediate help from the
UW Police Department
UWPD Non-emergency line: 608-264-2677