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Missing Student Notification Process

If a member of the Roosevelt University (RU) community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing has been missing for 24 hours, he or she should immediately notify the RU Campus Safety Department at 312-341-2020 or ext. 2020 if on campus.  RU Campus Safety will immediately notify the Director of Campus Safety, the Director of Residence Life and Assistant Provost Student Development.  The RU Campus Safety Department will generate a missing persons report and initiate an investigation.  

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 the Director of Residence Life (or Assistant Provost Student Development or Director of Campus Safety) in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours.  If a student has identified such an individual, the Director of Residence Life (or Assistant Provost Student Development or Director of Campus Safety) will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.

Student residents will identify a confidential contact through the Housing portal online Missing Person – Emergency Contact form which must be completed before housing check in.  If a resident wishes to change their missing person emergency contact during the year, he/she may do this in person at the Residence Life Office, Wabash Bldg., Room 1413.  A student’s confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement in the course of the investigation.

After investigating a missing person report, should the RU Campus Safety Department determine that the student is missing for 24 hours, the Director of Residence Life (or Assistant Provost Student Development or Director of Campus Safety) will notify the student’s emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.  If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, the Director of Residence Life (or Assistant Provost Student Development or Director of Campus Safety) will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after RU Campus Safety has determined that the student has been missing for 24 hours.  Regardless of whether the student has identified a contact person, is above the age of 18, or is an emancipated minor, Campus Safety will notify the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction in the area within 24 hours that the student is missing.

Note for students under age of 21: Suzanne’s Law requires law enforcement to notify the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) when someone between the age of 18 and 21 is reported missing, as part of the national “Amber Alert” bill.