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Missing Persons Policy

Missing Persons 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 University of Louisville property or managed within the university resident student license procedure.  The facilities include: Bettie Johnson Hall, Billy Minardi Hall, Center Hall, Community Park, Kurz Hall, Louisville Hall, Medical Dental Apartments, Miller Hall, Threlkeld Hall, Unitas Tower, University Tower Apartments, Wellness House, and West 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.  Housing and Residence Life will ask student residents to provide the missing person’s contact information as part of the housing application.

Investigation. The University of Louisville Police Department (ULPD) will serve as the lead in the investigation.  Housing and Residence Life staff will assist as requested.


         Notifying police.  In the event a student resident is considered to be missing, Housing staff will notify the ULPD who will serve as the lead in the investigation and coordinate subsequent notifications.

         Notifying missing person’s contact on record.  University Police or Housing will notify the missing person’s contact within 24 hours of determination that the student is missing.

         Notifying parents or guardians.  University Police or Housing will notify the parents or guardian within 24 hours of determination that the student is missing if the missing person is under 18 years of age and not emancipated.



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