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
After investigation the missing person report, USM Police will notify the student’s emergency
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.
The Chief of Operations for University Police is responsible for the review of this policy every four years (or whenever circumstances require immediate review).
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes
11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.
03/04/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.