Policy 5450D

MISSING STUDENT

Reference: Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

The College is very concerned about the welfare of its students and if a report is received that a student appears to be missing, every effort will be made to locate the student and inform the contacting party. However, FERPA and other confidentiality must be maintained.

Approved: December 10, 2015
Reformatted: March 17, 2017

Procedure 5450D

MISSING STUDENT

In the event that any person believes or has reason to believe that a student living in the residence halls or attending as a commuting student at the College is missing for 24 hours, he or she is encouraged to report this information to:

  • Campus Protective Services,
  • Director or staff of the Residence Halls,
  • Vice President for Student Services,
  • Support, Disability & Counseling Center staff,
  • Coach of any College athletic Team,
  • Vice President for Student Learning, or
  • Department Head of any academic department.

People are encouraged to use the Reporting form found on the College's website. If a report is received by staff other than the Residence Halls office, they should immediately forward the report to the Director or staff of the Residence Halls. When a student is reported missing, the Residence Hall staff will immediately contact the Vice President for Student Services and the Protective Services Supervisor. When notification is received that a student may be missing, appropriate steps will be taken to locate the student. These steps include, but are not limited to:

  • Attempt to make contact with the student via email, cell phone, contact through other social media, visit the student's residence halls room or classroom
  • Seek information from the Resident Assistant, roommate(s), floor-mates and friends
  • Verify whether the Student I.D. card has been used within the last 24 hours (if applicable)
  • Verify student meal plan use within 24 hours
  • Make contact to determine class attendance
  • Contact coaches, or other student activities, advisors, etc., as appropriate

The Vice President for Student Services or his/her designee will be responsible for notifying the appropriate emergency contacts within 24 hours as established above if a student is determined missing. The parents or guardians of students under the age of eighteen and not emancipated will be notified. The Vice President will also notify College administration and other appropriate employees.

The Protective Services Supervisor will be responsible for filing all related missing person reports with other agencies as may be required. The department of Residence Halls and Students Life, in coordination with Wellbeing and Accessibility, will serve as support personnel when a student is determined to be missing.

Approved: December 10, 2015
Reformatted: March 17, 2017

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