To establish guidelines which describe the investigation of missing persons and making appropriate entries into VCIN and NCIC and to on-call administrative employees.
Students are encouraged to utilize forms prepared and made available by the University to provide emergency contact information. The University will ensure that all students are able to update their contact information when needed. These procedures and forms are communicated routinely to students during: new student orientation, residence hall meetings, and the start of fall and spring semesters. Notification of this policy is referenced in the annual Campus Security Report and the Longwood University website.
Students must be reassured that their emergency contact information will be:
All students will have the opportunity and means to identify an individual or individuals to be contacted in an emergency when the University determines that a student is missing. Upon receipt of a complaint, report or expression of concern about a missing student, the Longwood University Police Department (LUPD) will undertake all reasonable efforts and attempts to contact the student. A student will be deemed missing when contact has not been made for more than 24 hours. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, LUPD will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after it is determined that the student is missing. Circumstances that warrant a faster response and notification sooner than 24 hours may include, but are not limited to:
When the missing student is located, LUPD will contact the student to offer any appropriate support, as well as the emergency contacts and/or parents or legal guardians to confirm the student has been located.
If the investigation is unsuccessful in locating the missing student, LUPD will continue to investigate according to established police procedures.
Revised and approved by the Board of Visitors on June 6, 2022.