Release of Academic Information for Deceased Students

The following requirements protect the confidentiality of academic information upon the death of a former student or alumnus of the university.

The Office of the University Registrar will evaluate each request for the release of a transcript or other academic records of a deceased student on the individual merits of that request and reserves the right to deny the request in whole or to release only part of the academic records that are requested. The Office of the University Registrar does not release academic records of deceased students to the news media or for research purposes.

The closest living next-of-kin may submit a written request along with the following certified documents in English:

  1. Birth certificate of the requestor
  2. Death certificate of former student or alumnus

If there is no living next-of-kin, academic records may be requested by the executor of the estate or holder of power of attorney for the deceased. A written request along with a notarized copy of the executor statement or power of attorney in English is required.

Documents related to the Morningside Campus should be mailed to:

Office of the University Registrar
c/o William Santin
210 Kent Hall, Mail Code 9202
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Documents related to the Columbia University Irving Medical Center should be mailed to:
650 West 168 Street
141 Black Building
New YorkNY 10032