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Confidentiality and Information Sharing

The staff at the University of Warwick are unable to give any information about a student either applying for a place at the University or a student currently studying at the University, to a third party. This includes parents, spouses, siblings, friends, fellow students, etc.

This is because UK law (the 1998 Data Protection Act) and University policy prohibit the disclosure of an individual’s information. All Universities in the UK follow similar guidelines and are bound by the same legislation.

In certain exceptional circumstances we may, in agreement with the student, communicate with a third party, if the University deems it is in the interests of those concerned.

In an emergency University staff will contact the next of kin (without the student’s permission), if it is deemed appropriate. This will normally only be if, for example, medical personnel advise that it is required.

If you are worried about a student, in an emergency you can contact the University 24-hour Security line: +44 (0)24 7652 2083. Whilst, for the reasons outlined above, the University is unable to confirm the student’s identity or attendance at the institution, your concerns will be taken seriously and we will respond to them appropriately.