The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for Chicago State University
response to reports of missing students, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity
Act of 2008. This policy applies to students who reside in residence hall. For purposes
of this policy, a student may be considered to be a “missing student” if the student’s
absence is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and unusual circumstances
may have caused the absence. Such circumstances could include, but not be limited
to, a report or suspicion that the missing person may be the victim of foul play,
has expressed suicidal thoughts, is drug dependent, is in a life-threatening situation,
or has been with persons who may endanger the student’s welfare.
Students will be given the opportunity during each semester registration process to
designate an individual or individuals to be contacted by the university no more than
24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing in accordance
with the procedures set forth below. The individual or individuals they designate
will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student. This information will
be maintained confidentially and will be available only to the Chicago State University
Police, University Provost, or his or her designee.
In the event a student who is under the age of 18 and is not emancipated is determined
to be missing pursuant to the procedures set forth below, the university is required
to notify a custodial parent or guardian, in addition to the student’s designated
contact, no more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing in accordance
with the procedures set forth below.
- Any individual on campus who has information that a residential student may be a missing
please notify CSU PD as soon as possible and in no event, later than 24 hours after
determining that the student is missing
- CSU PD will gather all essential information about the residential student from the
reporting person and from the student’s acquaintances (description, clothes last worn,
where student might be, who student might be with, vehicle description, information
about the physical and mental well being of the student, an up-to-date photograph,
class schedule, etc.). Appropriate campus staff will be notified to aid in the search
for the student.
Note: In order to avoid jurisdictional conflicts when a commuter student is believed to
be missing, the reporting person should immediately notify local law enforcement authorities.
CSU PD will assist external authorities with the investigation as requested. If the
above actions are unsuccessful in locating the student or it is apparent immediately
that the student is a missing person (e.g., witnessed abduction), no later than 24
hours the University will do the following;
- CSU PD will take charge of the investigation, and if necessary included additional
Law Enforcement Agencies.
- The University Provost, will notify the emergency contact (for students 18 and over)
or the emergency contact and the parent/guardian (for students under the age of 18)
that the student is believed to be missing.
In cases involving missing students, the Chicago State University Chief of Police
will provide information to the media that is designed to elicit public assistance
in the search for a missing student. All inquiries to the university regarding missing
students, or information provided to any individual at the university about a missing
student, shall be referred to the Chicago State University Police Department (CSU