Missing Student Notification

This policy establishes a framework for cooperation among members of the university community aimed at locating and assisting students who are reported missing.  A student shall be deemed missing when he or she is absent from the university for more than 24 hours without any known reason.  All reports of missing students shall be directed to Protective Services.  Protective Services shall investigate each report and make a determination whether the student is missing in accordance with this policy.  All UWSP students have the opportunity to identify in the Student Information System an individual who should be contacted by Protective Services in the event that the student is determined missing.  If a missing student is under 18 years of age, Protective Services is required to notify the parent or guardian of the missing student not later than 24 hours after determination was made that the student is missing.  Protective Services will also notify area law enforcement no later than 24 hours after determination that the student is missing.
Ø  Any report of a missing student, from whatever source, should immediately be directed to Protective Services (715)346-3456.
Ø  When a student is reported missing, Protective Services shall:
o   Initiate an investigation to determine the validity of the missing person report.
o   Contact the Dean of Students Office.
o   Make a determination as to the status of the missing student.
o   Notify the individual identified by the missing student as the emergency contact within 24 hours of making the determination that the student is missing.
o   If the missing student is under the age of 18, notify the students’ custodial parent or guardian as contained in the records of the university within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing.
o   Notify the Stevens Point Police Department within 24 hours after determining that student is missing so the NCIC entry can be made.

The Dean of Students and the Director of Residential Living (if student is on-campus) shall be notified by staff and then shall initiate whatever action they deem appropriate under the circumstances in the best interest of the missing student.