Policy STUA-UPD-005

Responsible University Administrator:

Vice President of Student Affairs

Responsible Officer:Chief of Operations for University Police
Origination Date:N/A
Current Revision Date:03/04/13
Next Review Date:03/04/17
End of Policy Date:N/A
Policy Number:STUA-UPD-005
Status:Effective

 

MISSING PERSONS POLICY

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Policy Statement


If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify the University of Southern
Mississippi Police Department at (601)266-4986. USM Police will generate a missing person
report and initiate an investigation.

Reason for Policy/Purpose


This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding missing persons.

Who Needs to Know This Policy


All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.

Website Address for this Policy


www.usm.edu/institutional-policies/policy-stua-upd-005

Definitions


 

  

Policy/Procedures


After investigation the missing person report, USM Police will notify the student’s emergency
contact, or confidentially identified individual, immediately after the student is determined to be
missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, USM
Police will notify the student’s parents or legal guardian immediately after USM Police has
determined the student is missing.

 

USM Police Department will inform local and surrounding law enforcement agencies immediately of any missing student determined to be missing.


In addition, to registering an emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have
the option to identify, confidentially, an individual to be contacted by Southern Miss in the
event the student is determined to be missing. Students who wish to identify a confidential
contact can do so through the Residence Life web site. This confidential contact information will
be accessible only to authorize campus officials and law enforcement and it will not be disclosed
outside of a missing person investigation.

Review


The Chief of Operations for University Police is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review). 


Forms/Instructions


N/A 


Appendices


N/A 

 


Related Information


N/A 

 


History


Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes

 

11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.

03/04/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.