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Missing Person

Date Approved:1-20-2009
Last Revision:1-20-2009
Last Reviewed:1-20-2009
Approved By:President
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Establish a policy on the investigation of Missing Persons.


All University employees, full time, part time, temporary, casual labor, students and visitors.


It is the policy of Northern Michigan University to actively investigate any report of a missing person(s) as defined below. There is no waiting period before the commencement of an investigation and procedures will be governed by federal, state and local laws.

A missing person is defined as a “person affiliated with the University being a student, faculty or staff member” or any other person last seen on the property of Northern Michigan University and reported as missing - or - a person affiliated with the University but not on campus at the time they were reported missing.

A report of missing person may be made to Public Safety and Police Services.

For students:

1) Tthe housing application for each student living in on-campus housing will include the option to identify a contact person or persons whom NMU shall notify within 24 hours of the determination that a student is missing.

2) The Dean of Students Office will determine when further contact will be initiated.  However, if the student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the student's custodial parent or guardian will be notified immediately.  In all cases the contact person and will be notified within 24 hours.

3) Regardless of whether a contact person has been identified, local law enforcement will be notified within 24 hours unless local law enforcement agency was the entity that made the determination that the student was missing.