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When the University has been made aware of the death of a student, why does the University not immediately notify the community?

The University will not release any information that may directly or indirectly identify the deceased student, nor will the University confirm if a student was a U of T student, until either the family (i.e., next of kin) or designate has approved the release of information and specifically what information (student status only or additional information); or the information has been released through official channels such as police or coroner. In the latter situation, it may be determined that only limited information is released by the University. There are occasions when the family may want to have time to inform others before the student’s University community is informed.