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Missing Students (Policy 12070)

University Policy 12070

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Effective Date

September 2014

Responsible Party

Department of Public Safety, (208) 426-6911
Office of the Dean of Students, (208) 426-1527

Scope and Audience

This policy applies to all employees, students, and visitors.

Additional Authority

  • Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008
  • 20 U.S.C. § 1092(j); 34 CFR 668.46(h)

1. Policy Purpose

To ensure that reports of suspected missing students are filed and investigated.

2. Policy Statement

This policy establishes a framework for cooperation among members of the University community aimed at locating and assisting students who are reported missing.

3. Definitions

3.1 Suspected Missing Student (“SMS”)

A student who has been missing for less than 24 hours.

4. Filing an SMS Report

Anyone who suspects that a student is missing shall immediately inform the Department of Public Safety at (208) 426-6911 who will forward the report to Housing and Residence Life if the student lives on campus.

5. Investigating an SMS Report

a. The Department of Public Safety will investigate each SMS report and if they determine the student is missing, they will notify local law enforcement within 24 hours of the determination.

b. The Department of Public Safety does not have to wait a full twenty-four (24) hours after receiving an SMS report to notify local law enforcement.

6. Missing Student Contact Information and Procedures

a. Students who live in on-campus student housing, regardless of age, may register one or more individuals to be notified in the event that the student is reported missing.

b. The University will keep missing student contact information confidential, accessible only to authorized campus officials, and only disclose it to law enforcement personnel in the event that the student is believed to be missing.

c. The University will notify the student’s missing person contact(s) within 24 hours of an SMS report being filed, unless the student is located within that 24-hour period. If a missing student is under 18 years of age, the University will also notify the parent or guardian of the missing student.

d. The Vice President for Student Affairs, or designee, shall initiate whatever action deemed appropriate in the best interest of the SMS. This may include notifying the student’s instructors.

7. Communications Concerning Missing Students

a. The Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing will be the designated spokesperson to handle media inquiries concerning a missing student.

b. The Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing will consult with the Vice President of Student Affairs, or designee; the Associate Vice President of Public Safety; the Chief of Staff; or the local law enforcement agency responsible for the investigation prior to any information release from the University so as not to jeopardize the investigation.

c. Information provided to the media to elicit public assistance in the search for the missing student will be handled by the local law enforcement agency.

8. Student Notification

The University will notify students about this policy through the Annual Security Report.

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