Missing Persons Policy

The missing student policy has been developed in compliance with Section 488 of the Higher Education Act of 2008. Most missing person reports in the college environment result from a student changing their routine without informing their roommate(s) and/or friends of the change. Anyone who believes a student to be missing should report their concern to Campus Safety or to Residence Life and Housing. Every report made to the campus will be followed up with an immediate investigation once a student has been missing for 24 hours or sooner if the situation dictates. Depending on the circumstances presented to College officials, parents of a missing student will be notified. In the event that parental notification is necessary, the Dean of Students or designee will place the call. Attempts will be made to contact the student, using any confidential contact information that the student may have provided to the college, and an external law enforcement agency will be contacted if appropriate. Others at the college will be contacted, as appropriate.

At the beginning of each academic year, resident students will be asked to provide, on a voluntary basis, emergency contact information in the event they are reported missing while enrolled at Emmanuel. This emergency information will be kept in the Residence Directors office in each of the four residence halls and will be updated annually.