Missing Student Notification Policy
Effective August 14, 2008, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires any institution participating in a Title IV federal student financial aid program that maintains on-campus housing facilities to establish a missing student notification policy and related procedures (20 USC 1092 (j) Section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008).
When it is determined that a student is missing from the University, staff at ECSU, in collaboration with local law enforcement, will be guided by this Missing Student Policy and related procedures.
In accordance with other general institutional emergency notification procedures, when a University student is thought to be missing from the campus, University Police should be notified immediately. Specifically, the Chief of Police or the Supervising Police Officer on duty should be contacted so that they can coordinate efforts to locate the student. This office has the authority and the responsibility for coordinating the efforts made by the University to assist the student's family in locating the missing student. In addition, University Police will coordinate with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to take any appropriate actions deemed necessary after the student is determined to be missing.
If a member of the campus community learns that a student is missing, that person should contact University Police so that a formal missing student report and investigation is properly initiated and documented.
Annually, each residential student of the University has the option to designate an individual to be contacted by ECSU no later than 24 hours after the time that University Police determine the student is missing. ECSU provides each student with the means and opportunity to register their confidential Missing Student Contact Person by logging into Banner and filling out the Missing Student Contact Person information or filling out the Missing Student Contact Section on the Campus Housing Agreement. This information is only accessible to ECSU employees who are authorized campus officials, and this information will not be disclosed to others with the exception of law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing student investigation.
In accordance with the ECSU's Missing Student Policy, it should be noted that ECSU notifies each student who is under 18 years of age (and not an emancipated individual), that ECSU is required to contact the student's parents or guardian in addition to the person identified as the missing student’s contact person. This contact will be made no later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing.
In accordance with ECSU procedures, it should be noted that ECSU will notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency or University Police when a student has gone missing, unless the local law enforcement agency was the entity that made the determination that the student was missing. This notification will be made no later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined missing.
If University Police has been notified that a student has gone missing and makes a determination that the student, who is the subject of a missing person report has been missing for more than 24 hours, ECSU staff will initiate missing student procedures as outlined in ECSU Policy Manual.
As required in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, and as outlined in ECSU's Policy Manual related to missing students, ECSU's missing student investigative procedures include the following:
- Communication procedures for official notification of appropriate University Police personnel that a student has been missing for more than 24 hours
- Requires any official missing person report relating to a University student to be referred immediately to University Police
- If, through the investigation of an official report, University Police determines a student has been missing for more than 24 hours, they will: Contact those individuals provided by the student, as their missing student contact person
- If a student is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated minor, ECSU will immediately contact the custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the student in addition to the student's missing student contact person.
Students may provide their missing student contact person in Banner as seen below: