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Missing Student Policy

In compliance with the Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedures 20 USC 1092 C; (Section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008), it is the policy of the Department of Housing and Residence Life to actively investigate any report of a missing student who is enrolled at TU as either a full- or part-time student. Each resident will be notified of the missing students’ policy and procedures in the event they are reported missing.

Each resident upon checking into their assigned room is requested via the Resident Student Check-In Card (RSCC) to identify the name and contact number of the individual(s) to be contacted in case of an emergency, including in the event of the resident being reported missing for a period of no more than 24 hours. For any resident under the age of 18, and not an emancipated individual, the institution is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours after the time the resident is determined to be missing by the Office of Campus Security and university staff.

If a member of the TU community has reason to believe that a student is missing, all efforts will be made immediately (no waiting period) to locate the student to determine his or her state of health and wellbeing. These efforts include, but are not limited to, checking the resident’s room, class schedule, friends, ID card access, contacting the Office of Campus Security, locating the resident’s vehicle and calling cell phone numbers.

If upon investigation by the Office of Campus Security and Housing and Residence Life staff the resident is determined missing for at least 24 hours, the Dean of Students will contact the resident’s designated emergency contact or custodial parent or legal guardian. This action is justified if the student is under the age of 18 or has failed to designate an emergency contact. The Office of Campus Security will continue to investigate in collaboration with staff from Student Affairs and Housing and Residence Life. Campus Security will also coordinate its efforts with outside law enforcement agencies in full compliance with legal obligations and good faith practice.

Reporting a Missing Student

To report a suspected missing student, contact Housing and Residence Life Staff or the Office of Campus Security. If TU cannot contact the student or verify that he or she is using campus services, the student will be classified as missing and immediately take action on the following:

  • Submit an official missing person’s report to Campus Security. An investigation will be conducted and if it is determined the student has been missing for 24 hours, Campus Security will make contact with the designated confidential emergency contact person. If he or she is under 18 years of age, Campus Security will immediately contact the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian.