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Missing Student Notification Policy


Each Delta State University student who resides in on-campus housing, has the option to identify an individual to be contacted by DSU within 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing in accordance with this policy. Students who reside in on-campus housing may register their contact information to be notified in the event the student is determined to be missing. Student contact information will be registered confidentially and will be accessible only to authorized university officials and may not be disclosed except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation. Information may be amended or supplemented by contacting the Office of Housing and Residence Life. For more information, call the Office of Housing and Residence Life at (662) 846-4151.




If a member of the DSU community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing has been missing for at least 24 hours, he or she should promptly contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life at (662) 846-4151 and/or the DSU Police at (662) 846-4155.

The Director of Housing and Residence Life, or his/her designee will immediately notify the Vice President for Student Affairs and the DSU Police Department (if not already notified) upon receipt of a missing student report. If a determination is made that a student is missing, emergency contact procedures will be initiated within 24 hours in accordance with the student’s designation. In addition, the DSU Police Department will, if needed, contact any other appropriate law enforcement agencies for assistance.

If a missing student is under 18 years of age and is not emancipated, DSU is required to notify his or her custodial parent or guardian within 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing, in addition to notifying any additional contact person designated by the student.

If the missing student is over 18 or emancipated, he or she has the option of choosing an emergency contact person (not necessarily the parents).  They may be contacted within 24 hours of the missing person report.  The identity of that contact person will remain confidential with the exception of law enforcement or staff designated to respond to missing person reports.


Responsible Office and/or Policy Owner: Office of Housing and Residence Life



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Change/Review/Approval Date:

Policy Effective Date: 08/29/2016