Security Report – Missing Person Notification Policy
It is the policy of the University to provide each student residing in student housing facilities the opportunity of identifying an individual to be contacted by the University in the event that the student is determined to be missing for a period of more than 24 hours. The students will provide this information during the residential hall check in process at the beginning of each semester. The student will be advised that his or her “missing student” contact information will be registered confidentially, will be accessible only to authorized university officials, and may not be disclosed except to those officials and enforcement personnel engaged in a missing person investigation.
After investigating a missing person report, should the Safety and Security Department determine that the student has been missing for 24 hours, we will notify law enforcement and the student’s designated missing student contact person no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. Students under the age of 18, who are not emancipated individuals, shall be advised that the University is required to notify the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian within 24 hours after Public Safety or another law enforcement agency determines that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, in addition to notifying any contact person designated by the student.
The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for Southwestern Assemblies of God University response to reports of missing students, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.