Missing Student

Missing Student
Policy V. 2.22.2
Responsible Official: Vice Provost for
Student Affairs
Effective Date: March 2, 2015
Missing Student
Policy Statement
The University of Vermont is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students
and other community members and to providing a prompt response and appropriate action when
the University has been made aware that a student may be missing.
Reason for the Policy
The University has adopted this Policy in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity
Act of 2009, 20 U.S.C. 1092(j), section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008,
and to provide a mechanism to report and respond to notice of a missing student.
Applicability of the Policy
The requirements of this policy apply to all University administrators, faculty, staff, and
students.
Policy Elaboration
At the beginning of each academic year, the University will notify all students of the right to
identify an individual to be contacted by the University in the event that the student is missing.
The University will maintain this information confidentially and the individual identified by the
student will be contacted only in the event that the student is determined to be missing for 24
hours. Additionally, the University will notify the parent(s) or guardian of a student who is
under the age of 18 and not emancipated in the event such a student is determined to be missing.
In addition to notification to University Police Services, any other appropriate law enforcement
agency will be notified in the event a student is determined to be missing.
University officials, including all University administrators, faculty and staff, are required to
notify the University of Vermont Police Services if they obtain information that a residential
student is or may be missing. Students are urged to promptly report to a Residential Life staff
member (for students residing on campus) or directly to the University of Vermont Police
Services if a student living in University housing is missing or thought to be missing.
Missing Student
Upon notification that a student is or may be missing, University Police Services shall respond
through the exercise of reasonable professional judgment to investigate and make a
determination as to whether the student is missing. Reasonable measures may include but are
not limited to checking the student’s University housing unit, class schedule, contacting friends,
faculty or other known associates of the student, locating the student’s vehicle and calling the
student’s cell phone. If it is determined that a student is missing, the Chief of Police Services or
designee shall notify any other appropriate law enforcement authority and the Vice Provost for
Student Affairs. The Vice Provost for Student Affairs or designee shall then notify the Director
of Residential Life and any other appropriate University office.
If it is determined that a student has been missing for 24 hours, the Vice Provost for Student
Affairs or designee shall contact the missing person contact, confidential contact, and/or and
parent(s) or guardian of an unemancipated student under the age of 18.
Definitions
Missing Student: A student will be considered missing, triggering the duty to report to Police
Services, if a University official receives information that the student has failed to show up at
events to which the student has committed, the student cannot be located and no contact has been
made by the student.
University Housing: Residential units that Residential Life has oversight of, which includes on
campus housing at the University of Vermont, and off campus housing that is managed and
controlled by Residential Life at the University of Vermont.
Procedures
See Policy Elaboration
Forms
None
Contacts
Questions or concerns about missing students should be directed to:
University Police Services
(802) 656-3473
Questions related to the daily operational interpretation of this policy should be directed to:
Dean of Students Office
(802) 656-3380
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Missing Student
Vice Provost for Student Affairs is the university official responsible for the interpretation and
administration of this policy.
Related Documents/Policies
None
Effective Date
Approved by the President March 2, 2015
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