Missing Student Policy

Drury University is a safe, education-oriented and community-minded campus that maintains an academic and social environment conducive to intellectual and personal development of students and promotes the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community. Drury University is concerned for the safety and well-being of its students, employees and citizens. Drury University will cooperate with authorities in the enforcement of all applicable laws.

In accordance with Section 485 of the Higher Education Act (HEA), every institution of higher education that provides on-campus housing must provide a missing student notification policy for those students residing in on-campus housing. Every student who resides in on-campus housing shall have the option to identify a confidential individual to be contacted by the university in the event that the student is determined missing in accordance with the procedures outlined below. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information.

At the beginning of each academic year, Drury University will inform students residing in on-campus housing that Drury will notify either a parent or an individual selected by the student not later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined to be missing.

This information will include the following:

  • Students have the option of identifying an individual to be contacted by Drury University not later than 24 hours after the time the student has been determined to be missing. Students can register this confidential contact information through the Housing Office.
  • If the student is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated individual, Drury University is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing. 
  • Drury University will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing.
  • If Drury University Security or law enforcement personnel have been notified and make a determination that a student who is the subject of a missing person report has been missing for more than 24 hours and has not returned to campus, Drury University will initiate the emergency contact procedures in accordance with the student’s designation.

Drury University will practice the following notification procedure for a missing student who resides in on-campus housing:

  • Once Drury University receives a missing student report via the Dean’s Office, Drury University Security, Housing Office or other source, the following offices will be notified:
    • Drury University Security
    • Dean of Student’s Office
    • Housing Office
  • Any official missing person report relating to this student shall be referred immediately to Security.
  • If Drury University Security, after investigating the official report, determines the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, Drury University will contact the individual identified by the student, the custodial parent or legal guardian if the student is under 18 and not emancipated, or local law enforcement if these do not apply.

Upon notification from any entity that any student may be missing, Drury University may use any of the following resources to assist in locating the student. These resources may be used in any order and combination.

  • Through the Housing Office, the Resident Assistants or Community Advisors may be asked to assist in physically locating the student by keying into the student’s assigned room and talking with known associates.
  • Security may key into the student’s assigned room as well as search on-campus public locations (library, cafeteria, etc.).
  • Security may issue an ID picture to assist in identifying the missing student.
  • The Dean of Student’s Office may try to contact known friends, family, or faculty members for last sighting or additional contact information.
  • Student Affairs or academic departments may be contacted to seek information on last sighting or other contact information.
  • Security may examine card access logs to determine last use of the card and track the card for future uses.
  • Security may access vehicle registration information for vehicle location and distribution to authorities.
  • Technology Services may be asked to look up email logs for last login and use of Drury University email system.
  • If there is any indication of foul play, the local police department will immediately be contacted for assistance.

If campus security officials determine that a student for whom a missing person report has been filed has been missing for more than 24 hours, then within the next 24 hours, they must:

  • Notify the individual identified by the student to be contacted in this circumstance,
  • If the student is under 18 years of age, notify a parent or guardian, and
  • Notify law enforcement.

This policy has been established to protect the integrity of the educational experience, encourage positive behavior and enhance the community commitment of Drury students, university employees and Drury citizens.