Missing Person Policy

The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires that institutions of higher education establish a missing student notification policy for students who reside in university housing.

Definition

For purposes of this policy, a student may be considered to be a "missing person" if the person'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, an unexplained absence, has expressed suicidal thoughts, or a report or suspicion that the missing person may be in a dangerous situation.

If You Suspect Someone is Missing

Immediately contact Case Police at 216.368.3333. Case Police and the Office of Student Affairs will immediately initiate an investigation.

Information for Resident Students

At the beginning of each academic year the Vice President for Student Affairs will inform all students residing in university housing that the university will notify either a parent or an individual selected by the student not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is deemed to be missing. The information provided to the resident students will include the following:

  • Resident students have the option of identifying an individual to be contacted by the Vice President for Student Affairs not later than 24 hours after the time that the student has been determined to be missing. Students can register this confidential contact information through the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life or Case Police.
  • Registration is voluntary, but all students residing in university housing must be advised of this service.
  • If the resident student is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated individual, the Vice President for Student Affairs is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian when a student who is the subject of a missing person report has been missing for more than 24 hours and has not been located.
Investigation
  • Upon notification of a missing student Case Police and the Office of Student Affairs will immediately initiate an investigation and obtain all necessary information.
  • Notification will occur when Case Police and the Office of Student Affairs deem that a student who is the subject of a missing person report has been missing for more than 24 hours and has not been located.
  • Case Police and the Vice President for Student Affairs will coordinate the emergency contact notification in accordance with the student's designation.
  • Case Police will notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is deemed to be missing.

Last Updated: August 9, 2012