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Missing Student Protocol Statement 

PURPOSE

The purpose of this protocol statement is to promote the safety and welfare of members of the Austin Peay State University community through compliance with the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. This protocol includes the official notification procedures for missing students who reside in on-campus housing or in fraternity/sorority residential facilities owned and/or controlled by Austin Peay State University. Individuals who wish to report a missing student should contact the Austin Peay State University Office of Public Safety and Campus Police.

 

OBJECTIVE

It is the objective of Austin Peay State University to provide all students, residing in on-campus housing, the option of identifying an individual(s) to be contacted by APSU in the event that the student is determined to be missing for a period of more than 24 hours. Access to information regarding a student’s confidential contact will only be provided to authorized campus officials and law enforcement personnel. If a student fails to register a contact person, local law enforcement will be notified that the student is missing. If a student reported missing is less than 18 years of age and not emancipated, the parent or legal guardian of that student will be notified

 

DEFINITIONS

Missing Student: For purposes of this protocol statement, a student residing in on-campus housing is determined to be missing when the Austin Peay State University Office of Public Safety and Campus Police or other law enforcement agency determines that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, without any known reason, that the reported information is credible, and that circumstances warrant declaring the person missing.   

On-Campus Housing: A residence hall or other residential facility for students that is located on Austin Peay State University campus.

 Campus: For purposes of this statement, “campus” is defined as:

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

If a member of the Austin Peay State University community has reason to believe that a student residing in on-campus housing is missing, or receives a report that a student residing in on-campus housing is missing, he/she shall immediately contact Austin Peay State University Office of Public Safety and Campus Police

Unless there is evidence to the contrary, a student residing in on-campus housing will not necessarily be considered missing if the student provided information about his/her intended whereabouts to the Office of Residence Life/Dining Services or if the student is absent during recognized University holidays or breaks.

University personnel in the Office of Student Affairs will also be notified by the Office of Public Safety and Campus Police that a student has been reported as missing

 

PROCEDURES

The Austin Peay State University Office of Public Safety and Campus Police in cooperation with Student Affairs staff members will implement the following investigative procedures when a missing student report is received:

NOTE: Every effort will be made to balance the right to privacy with the issue of compliance to Federal regulations and the interest of public safety.

Nothing in this protocol is intended to preclude Austin Peay State University from determining that a student is missing before the student residing in on-campus housing has been missing for a full 24 hours or initiating notification procedures as soon as it determines that the student residing in on-campus housing is missing.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Public Safety and Campus Police
(931) 221-7786

Office of Student Affairs
(931) 221-7341

Housing, Residence Life & Dining Services
(931) 221-7444