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Missing Student Notification

LMC Revised Date

Office of Origin: Student Services
Original Date Adopted: 09-23-14
Dates Reviewed: 05-17-17; 12-02-17
Last Date Modified & Approved: 05-17-17

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Lake Michigan College has established a Missing Student Notification Policy that describes the formal notification procedures to be followed when a student residing in on-campus housing (Beckwith Hall) has been reported missing for more than 24 hours.

When a student receives keys to Beckwith Hall, the student is informed he/she has the option to identify an individual that LMC can contact no later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined missing. Contact information will be registered confidentially may not be disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.

Students under 18 years of age (who are not emancipated) are informed that LMC is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined to be missing.

When a housing professional (Director of Housing or Assistant Director of Housing) is contacted with the information that a student may have been missing for more than 24 hours, the housing professional will first attempt to access the  student’s suite to contact roommates for potential important information as to the student’s whereabouts.  Next the housing professional will attempt to contact that student via phone numbers the student has provided to the College. Campus security will assist housing staff with the investigation if requested.   The housing professional may also check the ID access system to see the last time the student entered the building.  If the location of the student cannot be confirmed, it is the responsibility of the housing professional staff to contact local law enforcement and also notify the Vice President of Student Engagement and Support or designee.  All missing students will be reported to local law enforcement.

If upon investigation of the official report, the housing professional or law enforcement determines that the missing student has been missing for more than 24 hours, the Vice President of Student Engagement and Support or designee will contact the individual identified by the student as his/her contact. If the missing student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the Vice President of Student Engagement and Support or designee shall immediately contact the custodial parent or legal guardian of the student.

This policy should not preclude faster implementation action if the circumstances warrant.

Responsibility:   Vice President, Student Engagement and Support

References:  Higher Education Opportunity Act (34 CFR 668.46(b)(14)

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