Resident Students will be given the opportunity during move-ins to designate an individual or individuals to be contacted by the college no more than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing in accordance with the procedures set forth below.
Regardless of whether a student names a contact person, the university will notify local law enforcement regarding the missing student, unless local law enforcement was the entity that determined the student is missing.
In the event a Resident Student who is under 18 or not emancipated is determined to be missing pursuant to the procedures set forth below, the college is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing in accordance with the procedures set forth below.
Any university employee who receives a report that a student is missing, or has independent information that a student is missing, must immediately report the information or evidence to the Cameron University Office of Public Safety. When CU Campus Police receives initial report, they will notify the Office of Student Housing, whose staff will determine whether the student is a Resident Student.
The report of a missing Resident Student is initiated when the Student Housing Staff is notified of or become aware of a missing Resident Student. When the CU Student Housing Staff receives information that a Resident Student is reported missing, the Student Housing Staff will conduct a preliminary investigation regarding any report of a missing Resident Student.
A Student Housing Staff member will attempt to contact the subject Resident Student via his/her telephone, email, or social networking site.
If the missing Resident Student cannot be reached, two staff members will visit the residence of Resident Student in question to verify his/her whereabouts and/or wellness. If the student is located, the Student Housing Staff may deliver a message to the student requesting that he/she contact a parent, family member, or friend who is searching for him/her.
If the missing Resident Student is not at the residence, but it is occupied, the Student Housing Staff will attempt to gain information on the student's whereabouts and/or wellness from questioning the occupants of the residence, other members of housing community, or other friends. The Student Housing Staff will also attempt to acquire additional contact information and use it to initiate contact.
If there is no response when the Student Housing Staff members knock on the door of the residence or there are occupants who do not know the missing Resident Student whereabouts, the Student Housing Staff will enter the residence and individual room assigned to the reported missing Resident Student, by key if necessary, to perform a health and safety inspection.
At any step in the process, the Director of Student Housing will immediately report any suspicious findings to CU Office of Public Safety and the Dean of Students.
If all of these steps do not provide Student Housing Staff with an opportunity to speak with the missing on-campus student or to learn his/her whereabouts, CU Office of Public Safety will be contacted to investigate further.
If the missing Resident Student is determined to be under the age of eighteen, contact will be made with the student's parents within 24 hours. If the missing Resident Student is determined to be over the age of eighteen, contact will be made with the student's designated emergency contact within 24 hours.
If these steps provide the Student Housing Staff with an opportunity to speak with the missing Resident Student, verification of the student's state of health and intention of returning to campus is made. If needed, a referral will be made to the Student Wellness Center. The Office of Student Housing shall contact CU Office of Public Safety and the Dean of Students to document that a missing student investigation was begun and apprise them of the student's state of health and well-being.