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Missing Persons Policy

Purpose

In accordance with Federal law and to assist in guarding student safety, Azusa Pacific University establishes the following missing student notification policy and investigation procedures.

Missing Persons Statement

The University will make every reasonable effort to locate a missing residential student through the collaboration of the Department of Campus Safety, the Office of Residence Life, the Division of Student Life, and local law enforcement.

Definitions:

Residential Student – For purpose of this policy a residential student is enrolled in the academic program and resides in on-campus housing.

On-campus housing facility – Any student housing facility that is owned or controlled by APU, or is located on property that is owned or controlled by APU, and is within the reasonably contiguous geographic area that makes up the campus.

Missing – A residential student is presumed missing if he or she has not reached their expected destination, or if suspicious or unusual circumstances are believed to be the cause of the absence (including but not limited to foul play, expression of suicidal thoughts, drug dependence, or absence is contrary to his or her normal pattern of behavior).

Confidential Contact – A confidential contact is the individual named by the residential student, to be contacted no later than 24 hours after the University determines the student is missing.

Procedure:

Anyone who has information that a student may be a missing person is strongly encouraged to notify the Department of Campus Safety and local law enforcement. The Department of Campus Safety will make a determination whether the student is missing, and, for such students, the Department will immediately investigate the location of the missing student and, as needed, assist the primary law enforcement agency in that effort.

University officials will attempt to determine the residential student's whereabouts through contact with known friends, associates, and/or employers of the student. Whether or not the student has been attending classes, labs, recitals, and scheduled organizational or academic meetings; or appearing for scheduled work shifts will be established. If the student is not immediately located, the Department of Campus Safety will secure authorization from the Executive Director of Residence Life to conduct a welfare entry into the student's on-campus room.

If the student is located, an attempt to ascertain the student's state of health and, if located off campus, intention of returning to the campus shall be made. Referrals will be made as needed to the Student Health Center, Student Counseling Center and/or the Office of the Campus Pastors.

If the student is not immediately located, notification of the student’s emergency contact, local law enforcement, and any other contact person identified by a residential student (see below) will be made within 24 hours after determining that the student is missing.

Notification to Residential Students:

In addition to registering a general emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by APU in the event the student is determined to be missing by local law enforcement of the Department of Campus Safety for more than 24 hours. A student who wishes to identify a confidential contact can do so through the APU Missing Persons Confidential Contact Card registration process coordinated by Residence Life.

A student’s confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement in the course of the investigation. If a student has identified such an individual, APU official(s) will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.

If the missing residential student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, APU official(s) will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian/custodian in writing no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. Unless the local law enforcement agency is the agency that made the determination that the student is missing, the local law enforcement agency also will be notified no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.