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Missing Person (Student) Notification


Executive Council

Authorizes release:

Vice President for Student Development

Responsible office:

Dean of Students

Review cycle:

Annually or as required



Last update:

October 2016

Next review:

June 2017

Related policies and additional references:

Code of Student Conduct; Clery Act; Student Handbook

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEAO) of 2008, higher education institutions with on-campus housing must have a missing person notification policy for on-campus students that informs students residing on campus that they have an option to identify an individual to be contacted by this institution no later than 24 hours after the time that a student is deemed or determined through investigation to be missing.

The Office of Residence Life is responsible for maintaining the contact record information. This notification procedure is confidential and specifically requires students under 18 year of age who are not emancipated to register the name of their custodial parent or guardian with the University and the Office of Residence Life. Once any University official deems or determines a student to be missing, a notification to the University Police Department is required under this protocol.

Under this provision, a student missing for 24 hours without any knowledge of their whereabouts are deemed missing and requires notification of the University Police Department at 210-431-1911/emergency services or 210-436-3330/nonemergency services. Any missing person’s report about a resident student will be investigated by the University Police Department.

Notification of the missing student’s parent(s), individual to be contacted or guardian will occur at this time by an appropriate University official, if the student opted to provide the contact information. Custodial parent(s) or guardian of students under 18 years of age who are not emancipated will be notified immediately once it is determined he or she is missing by a University official. The University Police will determine if other law enforcement agencies are needed to assist in the investigation.

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