Missing Student Policy
Mount St. Mary’s University considers the safety of our students to be essential in the creation and maintenance of an environment where learning is encouraged and supported. The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures to guide the University’s response to reports of missing resident students in support of that proposition. Reports of missing commuter students may also be made to the Public Safety Department who can then notify and assist the appropriate law enforcement authority in an investigation of the missing student.
Each Mount St. Mary’s University student who is 18 years of age or older or who is legally emancipated has the opportunity to identify an individual or individuals to be contacted by the University’s Public Safety Department or Dean of Students whenever circumstances indicate that the student may be missing or otherwise endangered. In the event the student is under 18 years of age and is not emancipated, the University is required to make any missing student notification to the custodial parent(s) or guardian(s).
Any reports of a missing student should be directed to the Public Safety Department in person or by telephone at (301) 447-5357. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the student being reported missing will be promptly initiated by the Public Safety Department and the Office of Residence Life. Nothing herein shall prohibit the investigation of a report of a student missing before a specific amount time has elapsed.
Investigative steps may include but are not limited to:
Calling the student’s personal cell phone on record.
Entering the student’s residence hall room.
Checking class schedules and visiting scheduled classes.
Contacting faculty members regarding class absences
Contacting known friends, roommates, acquaintances, and place(s) of work, if any.
Checking vehicle registration records for vehicle information and searching the vicinity for any registered vehicles.
Checking MOUNT CARD records for purchase history and/or building access information.
Upon receipt of a credible report of a missing student the Public Safety Department will notify the appropriate law enforcement authority of the report of the missing student as soon as practicable. If a reportedly missing student is not located within 24 hours of the initial report the University is required by law to contact the appropriate law enforcement authority. Nothing herein shall prohibit the prompt notification of the appropriate law enforcement authority of a report of a student missing in fewer than 24 hours.
Once the Public Safety Department and/or appropriate law enforcement authority has been notified and makes a determination that a student who is the subject of a missing person report is indeed missing the Dean of Students or his/her designee shall initiate the emergency contact procedure using the student’s designated emergency contacts.
Following notification of the appropriate law enforcement authority the University will cooperate in the investigation and offer assistance necessary to locate a missing student.