Death

Death can be the result of natural or accidental causes; it can be the result of a suicide or a homicide. This document does not address the crisis management that is needed to prevent a death; it assumes that the death has occurred. Every case will be different. Professional judgment is needed in each and every case.

Primary Response Team

  • NYIT campuses: Office of Campus Security; Old Westbury residences: University police; Manhattan residences: 911
  • Local law enforcement and emergency responders
  • Office of the Dean of Campus Life staff/ coordinator of campus operations and student services staff

Secondary Response Team

  • Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Office of Counseling and Wellness Services staff
  • Office of Enrollment Services
  • Office of Housing and Residential Life staff
  • Office of Human Resources
  • Office of the President
  • Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Objectives
To initiate and coordinate an official internal notification and response process in the event of a an NYIT community member death. The purpose is to respond to death of the community in a caring and timely fashion that avoids unnecessary burden for those handling the personal affairs by promptly informing appropriate NYIT administrators to act accordingly where there is operational responsibility for the person’s academic, financial, residential, or contractual relationships with the institution.

Notification

  • On-Campus Death:  Call 911. Follow the established chain of primary responders. The Office of Campus Security will be the first NYIT responders in all emergency events and should be notified immediately. Contact NYIT officials in the immediate vicinity to help secure the situation until local law enforcement or campus security arrive.
  • Off-Campus Death:  There is no way to predict who will learn first of off-campus deaths. Community members who learn of the death of a student or staff or faculty member should notify the appropriate NYIT official: the Office of the Dean of Campus Life for student deaths, the Office of Human Resources for staff or faculty deaths.

Procedures for an On-Campus Death

For community members:

  • Call 911
  • Call the Office of Campus Security/local law enforcement:
    • Old Westbury: 516.686.7789
    • Manhattan: 646.273.7789
    • Central Islip: 631.348.7789
    • Old Westbury residences: 516.876.3333
    • Manhattan residences: 911
  • Do not allow anyone to enter the area or touch the victim or any property. Do not conduct searches.
  • Write down the names of any individuals who were present at the time of death or when the body was found.
  • Remain on campus and available to answer law enforcement questions.
  • Reach out to the Counseling and Wellness Center or the Office of Human Resources for support if necessary.

For primary responders:

  • Respond to scene; initiate emergency response phone chain by calling vice president of information technology and infrastructure and the dean of campus life, if student death, or the Office of Human Resources, if staff or faculty death.
  • Do not allow anyone to enter the area or touch the victim or any property. Do not conduct searches.
  • Write down the names of any individuals who were present at the time of death or when the body was found or who inadvertently entered the scene before local law enforcement arrives.
  • Cooperate with, aid, and assist the primary investigation agency according to procedures governed by federal, state, and local law.
  • Assist the police in determining victim’s identity, local (residence) address, next-of-kin, and college affiliation.
  • Refer all inquiries from the media Office of Communications and Marketing
  • Refer all legal professionals to the NYIT general counsel.

For Dean of Campus Life:

  • Coordinate all contact involving students and NYIT community members.
  • Contact the vice president for student affairs, the director of housing and residential life, the associate dean of counseling and wellness services, the appropriate academic dean, student’s professors, and the Office of the Registrar.
  • Request Counseling and Wellness Center to provide “crisis” and “grief” support services for community members.
  • Verify the student’s identity, address, and college affiliation.
  • Ensure the completion of necessary documentation.
  • Verify notification of next-of-kin.
  • Secure the personal property of the deceased, for later disposition to the estate.
  • Refer all inquiries from the media Office of Communications and Marketing.
  • Refer all legal professionals to the NYIT general counsel.

For Office of Human Resources:

  • Verify the staff or faculty member’s identity, address, and college affiliation.
  • Contact the appropriate supervisor, academic dean, department head, and vice president.
  • Ensure the completion of necessary documentation.
  • Verify notification of next-of-kin.
  • Secure the personal property of the deceased, for later disposition to the estate.
  • Request Counseling and Wellness Center to provide “crisis” and “grief” support services for community members.
  • Refer all inquiries from the media Office of Communications and Marketing.
  • Refer all legal professionals to the NYIT general counsel.

Procedures for an Off-Campus Death

For community members:

  • Notify the appropriate NYIT official of the death:
  • Student deaths: contact the Office of the Dean of Campus Life
  • Staff or faculty deaths: contact the Office of Human Resources

For Dean of Campus Life:

  • Coordinate all contact involving students and NYIT community members.
  • Contact the vice president for student affairs, the director of housing and residential life, the associate dean of counseling and wellness services, the appropriate academic dean, student’s professors, and the Office of the Registrar.
  • Request Counseling and Wellness Center to provide “crisis” and “grief” support services for community members.
  • Verify the student’s identity, address, and college affiliation.
  • Ensure the completion of necessary documentation.
  • Verify notification of next-of-kin.
  • Secure the personal property of the deceased, for later disposition to the estate.
  • Refer all inquiries from the media Office of Communications and Marketing.
  • Refer all legal professionals to the NYIT general counsel.

For Vice President of Student Affairs:

  • After the family has received official notification of the death, serve as the official primary NYIT contact for the family of the deceased student. (If a student dies from natural causes in the care of an attending physician and the cause of death is not suspicious, the attending physician is responsible for notifying the family. If it is a suspicious death, it becomes the coroner’s responsibility to notify the family.)
  • Meet with family members should they decide to come to campus.

For Office of Human Resources:

  • Verify the staff or faculty member’s identity, address, and college affiliation.
  • Contact the appropriate supervisor, academic dean, department head, and vice president.
  • Ensure the completion of necessary documentation.
  • Verify notification of next-of-kin.
  • Secure the personal property of the deceased, for later disposition to the estate.
  • Request Counseling and Wellness Center to provide “crisis” and “grief” support services for community members.
  • Refer all inquiries from the media Office of Communications and Marketing.
  • Refer all legal professionals to the NYIT general counsel.

Follow-Up:

  • Contact with family to arrange for return of personal property.
  • Provide information to college community as appropriate for dealing with a crisis on and off campus.
  • Contact the offices of the Registrar, Bursar, Financial Aid, Payroll, Housing and Residential Life, Alumni Affairs, Library circulation, International Education (any other office that could potentially send out information to a student or staff or faculty member).


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