Missing Person's Policy

This policy has been designed to comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 for colleges and universities to establish a missing person policy for its on-campus residents.

Definitions:  For the purpose of this policy, the following definitions apply:

         A student resident is any student who is living in a residence facility located on the main campus of Southwestern Christian University.  The facilities include: Light Hall, Irvin Hall, East Dorm, North Dorm and House Hall. 

       A missing person is anyone whose absence is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and it is suspected that unusual circumstances may have caused the absence.

Collection of information:  Residence Director over Housing will ask student residents to provide the missing person’s contact information as part of the housing application.

Investigation: The Bethany Police Department will serve as the lead in the investigation.  Resident Life Staff will assist as requested.

Notification:

         Notifying police:  In the event a student resident is considered to be missing, Resident Life Staff will notify the Bethany Police Department who will serve as the lead in the investigation and coordinate subsequent notifications.

         Notifying missing person’s contact on record:  The Office of Student Life and Resident Director will notify the missing person’s contact within 24 hours of determination that the student is missing.

         Notifying parents or guardians:  The Office of Student Life and Resident Director will notify the parents or guardian within 24 hours of determination that the student is missing.