Missing Persons Policy

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 Police Department at 601.266.4986. University Police will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.

After investigation of the missing person report, University 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, University Police will notify the student’s parents or legal guardian immediately after University Police has determined the student is missing. The University Police Department will inform local and surrounding law enforcement agencies immediately of any 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 website. 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.