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Missing Student Notification Policy

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (20 U.S.C. § 1092(j)), Brown University has adopted this Missing Student Notification Policy for students as a complement to the Department of Public Safety’s guidelines for reporting and investigating, and providing notifications about missing persons. 

Registering a Confidential Contact Person

In addition to registering an emergency contact in Banner, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify confidentially, an individual to be contacted by Brown University in the event the student is reported to be missing and/or is determined to be missing.  Any student who wishes to register a confidential contact through the missing student notification protocol may do so by completing a form provided by the Office of Student Life.  This contact information will be maintained on file at the Office of Residential Life and shall be confidential and will only be accessible to authorized Brown officials or to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation and/or notification purposes if a student is determined to be missing   

Missing Student Notification

In the event that a member of the Brown community has concern that a student who resides in an on-campus student housing facility is missing, he or she should report the matter to any of the following offices at Brown University:

Department of Public Safety............................................863-3322, 863-1740 [TDD]

Office of Student Life.........................................................863-3145, 863-9588 [TDD]

Office of Residential Life..................................................863-3500

If it is believed to be an emergency situation...............863-4111 (or x4111 from a campus phone).

In the event of a report to the Office or Student Life or the Office of Residential Life, the matter shall be immediately reported to the Department of Public Safety.   The Department of Public Safety, in collaboration with other institutional officials and external law enforcement authorities as appropriate under the circumstances, shall conduct an investigation.  As a part of this process, a student’s designated confidential contact may be contact in furtherance of the investigation of a missing person report   If the Department of Public Safety’s investigation determines that the student is missing, the University will notify the student's emergency contact.  If a confidential contact has been listed by a student residing on-campus, that person will also be contacted.  If the missing student is under the age of 18, and not emancipated, the University will contact a custodial parent or guardian, in addition to the emergency contact.  The University will also notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing. In the event of a missing student scenario, nothing in this protocol shall be interpreted as requiring the University to defer any action or to delay contacting any individual, law enforcement authority or other entity.