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Missing Student Reporting Policy and Procedures

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires that universities establish a missing student notification policy for students residing in on-campus housing. For the purpose of this policy, a Missing Person will be considered anyone whose whereabouts is unknown, whatever the circumstances of disappearance. They will be considered missing until located and their well-being established.

Students living in an on-campus student housing facility have the option to register a confidential contact person to be notified in the event that a student over the age of 18 years is determined to be missing. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information. Students who want to register a contact person for this purpose can do so by logging into their DrexelOne account and selecting the "Update Housing Emergency Contact" link, which can be found under the "More BannerWeb Personal Information Menu".

A student shall be deemed missing when someone has a concern regarding the safety and security of a student whose whereabouts are unknown or unexplainable.

Reporting A Missing Student

Reports of missing students must be directed to the Department of Public Safety which has the responsibility and authority to investigate each report and make a determination whether the student is missing.

If you suspect that a student may be missing, contact the Department of Public Safety immediately at 215-895-2222

Students, faculty members and staff may also call the Office of Victim Support and Intervention Services for assistance and as a resource at 215-895-0353.

When reporting a missing person, be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your name & contact information
  • Name of missing student
  • Any/all contact information for the student
  • Time & date last seen
  • Location last seen
  • Last known destination
  • Names of acquaintances
  • Any additional information that may be important in helping to locate the missing person

If the Department of Public Safety’s investigation determines that a student for whom a report has been filed is missing, they will work in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police Department to determine the whereabouts of the student. If the student is determined to have been missing for more than twenty-four (24) hours, the Dean of Students and the Senior Associate Vice President of Public Safety or designee will determine how best to make contact with the listed emergency contact. If the missing student is under the age of eighteen (18), the University is required to contact the missing student's parent[s] or guardian.