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Campus Life: Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedure

Date approved:
August 2014
Approved by:
Date to be reviewed:
June 2015
Reviewed by:
Dean of Student Development
Date revised:
Revision number:
Compliance Committee:
As Scheduled

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The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for the University's response to reports of missing students, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity act of 2008. This policy applies to students who reside in campus housing.


A Wheeling Jesuit University residential student is "determined to be missing" when a missing person report investigation concludes that the student has been absent from the University for a period of 24 hours or longer without any known reason. The Director of Campus Safety & Security, or designee, in conjunction with the Dean of Student Development, or designee, will make the official determination of whether a student is deemed missing.


All residential students have the opportunity annually to identify an individual or individuals to be contacted by the Dean of Student Development not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing in accordance with the procedures set forth below. A designation will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student. This information is maintained confidentially and will be available only to the Director of Campus Safety & Security, Dean of Student Development and Director of Residence Life. The administration of the University reserves the right to notify the parents of a student under the age of 21 if they are reported missing.

For those under the age of 18 and not an emancipated individual, the University is required to notify the emergency contact as well as the custodial parent or guardian no more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.


  1. Any concerned person who has information that a residential student may be a missing student must notify the Campus Security Department or Director of Residence Life as soon as possible so that an official determination may be made about whether or not the student is missing.
  2. The Campus Security Department and Residence Life Staff will gather all essential information about the residential student from the reporting person and from the student's acquaintances. Appropriate staff will include the residential director on call, the director of residence life, the dean of students and the director of campus security.
  3. If the above actions are unsuccessful in locating the student in a reasonable time, or it is apparent immediately that the student is a missing person (e.g. witnessed abduction) the student will be determined as a missing student.

At this time the Director of Campus Safety and Security or his/her designee will notify the Wheeling Police Department that the University has a missing student. The Dean of Student Development and/or his/her designee will notify the emergency contact of the missing student and the appropriate officials in administration at the University. In addition, the University reserves the right to notify the parents of a student under the age of 21 if they have been determined to be missing.



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