To maintain compliance with the Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedures 20 USC 1092 C; (Section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008), The Department of Public Safety has the authority and responsibility to investigate reports of missing students.
All reports of missing students shall be directed to the Department of Public Safety, which will conduct an investigation in accordance with the policy and procedure.
The student will be reminded at least once during an academic year to verify their emergency contact information in the student system(s).
Reports of a missing student can be taken by Residence Life staff, Public Safety Officers, or other members of the Campus. In all cases these reports will be referred to Public Safety immediately for follow up and investigation.
The Desk Officer notifies the Director of Public Safety/Chief of a reported missing student. The OCA (OnCall Administrator) notifies the Director of Residence Life, the Associate Vice President(s) in Student Affairs, and the Provost of a reported missing student.
When a student (regardless of resident or non-resident status) is reported “missing” by anyone (friend, relative, roommate or other) to the Department of Public Safety, a Public Safety Officer will attempt to identify the last time the student was seen. In the event a student is under 18 years old and not emancipated, their legal guardian will be contacted. If attempts to contact student are unsuccessful, the College will proceed with the investigation. After initial attempts to locate the student are unsuccessful, the Mahwah Police Department will be notified within 24 hours that the student is missing and all information gathered will be shared with them.