Procedure for Reporting a Missing Student

Procedure for Reporting a Missing Student

Notification Procedure for missing On-Campus Housing Students

Reports regarding any student living in on-campus housing who appears to be missing must be referred immediately to the UW-Whitewater University Police Department at phone number 262-472-4660. Students living in on-campus housing are encouraged to identify a contact person or persons whom the University will attempt to notify within 24 hours if the student is determined by the University Police to be missing for the prior 24 hour period. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement responsible for the missing person investigation may have access to this information. Students will be asked to list these individuals as an emergency contact during the check-in process and will be allowed to do so online. Student's contact information will be registered confidentially and will only be accessible to authorized campus officials and may not be disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation. The student will be able to make any desired changes to their contact information online throughout the year. It is the policy of University Housing to involve and turn over all related information and reports to University Police in all missing persons cases. In addition to any student-designated contact person, if the student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the University will notify a custodial parent or guardian within 24 hours of when the student is determined to be missing.

When it is reported that a student is missing for 24 hours University Housing will follow the following procedures:

  • Immediately notify University Police
  • After notifying the University Police, notify the Associate Director of University Housing
  • Make contact with roommate and ask other peers on the floor about information they may have.
  • Utilize technology such as social networking sites and electronic access reports from student ID to attempt to identify student's recent whereabouts.


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