Safety Policies

SY42 Missing Student Policy

Policy Status: 

Active

Subject Matter Expert: 

Tracie Bogus, , tib2@psu.edu

Policy Steward: 

Assistant Vice-President for Police and Public Safety

 

Contents:

PURPOSE:

Effective August 14, 2008, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires any institution participating in a Title IV federal student financial aid program that maintains on campus housing facilities to establish a missing student notification policy and related procedures (20 USC 1092 (j) Section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008) for students living in on campus housing.

DEFINITIONS:

Student-  The University defines a student as any person enrolled in any class or program of the University, full or part time.

Emancipated Individual- A person less than 18 years of age who has been declared by a court to be independent of his or her parents.

AVP - For this policy, “AVP” refers to an Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs assigned to respond to student emergencies.

POLICY:

The Pennsylvania State University will provide every student living in on campus student housing the opportunity and means to identify a missing student contact to be used in the event the student is reported missing. Missing student contact information will be registered confidentially and will be accessible only to authorized University officials and may not be disclosed except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.

In accordance with the procedures established within this policy, within 24 hours after a student living in on campus student housing has been reported missing and the student is not known to have returned to the University or otherwise been located, the AVP or his/her designee will notify the individual the student has designated as his/her missing person contact. If the missing student is under 18 years of age and not an emancipated individual, the AVP or his/her designee will also notify the student’s custodial parent or guardian.

Students will be notified annually that each residential student of the University has the option to confidentially designate an individual to be contacted by the Penn State administration no later than 24 hours after the time that it is determined the student is missing.  Penn State provides each student with the means and opportunity to register their confidential missing student contact information by logging into the University’s LionPATH system and filling out the Address and Contact Information.  This confidential missing student contact can be anyone.  This option is provided to students even if a student has already registered an individual as a general emergency contact.  The student also has the option to identify the same individual for both their general emergency contact and missing student contact.

University Police shall investigate all reports of missing students and will notify and cooperate with other law enforcement agencies, as necessary, to further the investigation.

PROCEDURES:

Any individual who believes a student living in on campus student housing may be missing should immediately contact University Police. University Police may notify the AVP upon receipt of a missing student report. When receiving such report, both the AVP and University Police will attempt to determine whether the student is, in fact, missing. Among other steps that may be taken depending on the circumstances:

  • AVP or his/her designee will attempt to contact the student through all reasonable and available means.
  • University Police will investigate the validity of the missing person report and manage the information according to its established investigative standards.
  • University Police may notify appropriate University personnel and seek their aid in the investigation (e.g., Student Affairs, Residence Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, etc.)
  • University Police will notify local law enforcement agencies within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, unless the local law enforcement agency was the entity that made the determination that the student is missing.

 

If, within 24 hours of the report, University Police is unable to locate the missing student and the student is not known to have returned to the University or otherwise located, University Police will notify the AVP and he/she or his/her designee will take the following action(s):

  • The AVP or his/her designee will promptly notify the individual the student has designated as his/her missing person contact and document the date and time of the notification.
  • If the missing student is under 18 years of age and not an emancipated individual, the AVP or his/her designee will also notify the student’s custodial parent or guardian and document the date and time of the notification.

 

University Police and the AVP will coordinate their efforts to locate the missing student. The AVP will notify the Vice President of Student Affairs and update him/her on the status of the investigation as appropriate.

When the missing student is located, the AVP or his/her designee will contact the student to offer any appropriate support, as well as the emergency contacts and/or parents to confirm the student has been located.

If the initial investigation is unsuccessful in locating the missing student, University Police will continue to investigate according to established police procedures. The AVP will decide what further action, if any, should be taken by the Office of Student Affairs.

 

 

UNIVERSITY CONTACTS FOR MISSING STUDENTS

University Park

 

University Police

25 Eisenhower Parking Deck

814-863-1111

 

AVP for Student Affairs

Boucke Bldg

814-863-4926

 

Senior Director of Residence Life

201 Johnston Cmns

814-863-1710

 

Dickinson Law School

Lewis Katz Bldg

814-865-9035

Abington

 

 

 

University Police

107 Rydal Bldg

215-881-7575; 215-881-7422

 

Director of Student Affairs

106 Sutherland Bldg

215-881-7391

Altoona

 

 

University Police

Poplar Bldg, 3000 Ivyside Park

814-949-5222

 

Director of Student Affairs

103 Slep Student Center

814-949-5053

Beaver

 

 

 

University Police

100 University Dr

724-773-3840

 

Director of Student Affairs

113 Student Union Bldg

724-773-3957

Berks

 

 

 

University Police

112 Luerssen Bldg

610-396-6111

 

Director of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

14B Perkins Student Center

610-396-6061

Behrend (Erie)

 

 

 

University Police

10 Erie Hall, 4651 College Dr

814-898-6101

 

Senior Director of Administration and Student Affairs

135 Reed Bldg

814-898-6111

Brandywine

 

 

 

University Police

Commons Rm 101

610-892-1496

 

Director of Student Affairs and Engagement

25 Yearsley Mill Rd, 207 Student Union Building

610-892-1328

Carlisle (Dickinson)

 

 

 

University Police (York)

1031 Edgecomb Ave, York PA 17403

717-771-4103

 

Assistant Dean of Student Services

131 E Trickett Hall

717-240-5247

DuBois

 

 

 

University Police

Hiller Bldg, St 109, 32 N 6th St

814-375-4734

 

Director of Student Affairs

106 Hiller Bldg, College Pl

814-375-4766

Fayette

 

 

 

University Police

2201 University Dr, 121 Williams Bldg

724-430-4120

 

Director of Student Services, Student Affairs

2201 University Dr

724-430-4248

Great Valley

 

 

 

University Police

Main Bldg, 30 E Swedesford Rd

610-648-3203

 

Director of Enrollment Management and Student Services

30 E Swedesford Rd

610-648-3275

Greater Allegheny

 

 

 

University Police

Frable Bldg, Rm 108

412-675-9130

 

Director of Student Affairs

210 Student Community Center

412-675-9493

Harrisburg

 

 

 

University Police

Susquehanna Bldg

717-948-6232; 714-979-7976

 

Director of Student Affairs

E131 Olmstead Bldg

717-948-6180

Hazelton

 

 

 

University Police

West Residence Hall

570-450-3333

 

Director of Student Affairs and Student Enrollment

76 University Drive

570-450-3160

Hershey

 

 

 

Department of Security

202 Eastmoor Bldg

717-531-8711

 

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

500 University Drive

717-531-4398

Lehigh Valley

 

 

 

University Police

Academic Bldg, Rm 114

610-285-5005

 

Director of Student Affairs

2809 Saucon Valley Rd, Room 214

610-285-5021

Mont Alto

 

 

 

University Police

White Home on Orchard Rd

717-749-6070

 

Director of Student Affairs

211 Conklin Hall, 1 Campus Dr

717-749-6138

New Kensington

 

 

 

University Police

IST Bldg, Office 033

724-334-6120

 

Director of Student Affairs

112B Faculty and Administration Bldg

724-334-6061

Schuylkill

 

 

 

University Police

Administrative Bldg, Rm A-6, 200 University Dr

570-385-6144

 

Director of Student Affairs

209-C Health & Wellness Bldg

570-385-6114

Shenango

 

 

 

University Police

147 Shenango Ave, Room 209

724-866-0250

 

Director of Student Services and Engagement

 

 

103 Sharon Hall

724-983-2836

Wilkes-Barre

 

 

 

University Police

Hayfield House, H-111, Old Rt 115

570-675-9111; 570-406-2058

 

Director of Student Affairs

101 Hayfield House

570-675-9225

Scranton

 

 

 

University Police

The Study Learning Center (First Floor)

570-963-2555; or ext. 2555

 

Director of Student Services and Engagement

Study Learning Center

570-963-2690

York

 

 

 

University Police

John J Romano Admin Bldg; 1031 Edgecomb Ave

717-771-4103

 

Director of Student Affairs

Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, Suite 206

717-771-4045

FURTHER INFORMATION:

While this policy applies only to students living in on campus student housing, reports of students missing from off-campus residences will be referred to the police department having jurisdiction over the student’s local residence, if known, or the student’s permanent residence if a local residence cannot be determined, and the University will cooperate within its legal limitations with any subsequent investigation.

CROSS REFERENCES:

 

AD74 - Compliance with Clery Act

SY03 - Emergencies Involving Students

UPPS 2.03.05 - Missing Persons Policy

Effective Date: October 10, 2012
Date Approved: October 10, 2012

Revision History (and effective dates):

  • September 12, 2018 – Editorial changes were made in the Content section: deleted Background, Initial Response, Investigations, Communications, Provisions, Notifications, Registering and Notifying Student Missing Contacts, and Notifying Law Enforcement; and added “Procedures”; in the Purpose section: replaced with the Background section information , added “for students living in on campus housing” to the end of this sentence, and deleted the www.nacua.org website link;  in the Definitions section: the student definition replaced “to be” with “as”; added Emancipated Individual definition; deleted Missing Student definition; and in the AVP definition deleted “at University Park” and “or the Director of Student Affairs at a Penn State Commonwealth campus”.  Editorial changes were made to remove the standard operating procedural steps for Police and Student Affairs:  The information in the Policy section was changed and deleted Initial Response, Investigations, Communications; added “Procedures” section; and deleted the Provisions section (including Notifications, Registering and Notifying Student Missing Contact, Notifying Law Enforcement).  The University Contacts for Missing Students section information was updated, added University Police contact information for each campus, and re-formatted this section.  In the Further Information section, deleted “For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact University Police and Public Safety” and replaced with new information. In the Cross references, added the UPPS 2.03.05 -Missing Persons Policy and Student Affairs- Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedures.

 

  • May 11, 2016 - Editorial changes. Corrections to address information in the "University Contacts for Missing Students" section, as provided by University Police & Public Safety.
  • June 19, 2014 - Editorial changes. Addition of policy steward information, in the event that there are questions or requests for changes to the policy.
  • October 10, 2012 - New policy.