Missing Student Procedure – Arizona Campus
All students are required to enter an Emergency Contact into their student record on CampusVue. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the contact information is up to date and accurate. If the student declines to give a confidential emergency contact, local law enforcement and/or the closest known relative will be notified when the student is deemed missing. The parent or guardian of a student under the age of 18 and not emancipated will also be notified.
When genuine concern has been raised that a student is missing, Student Affairs and campus Safety & Security must be notified immediately. This notification will trigger a formal investigation process that will be handled in collaboration with the Department of Security and or local law enforcement agencies.
Procedures for reporting and for Investigating Missing Students
Contact: Student Affairs (Monday-Friday) at 480-219-6276 and/or Campus Security (24/7) at 480-341-9075
If it is suspected that a student is missing, the Student Affairs Office in collaboration with the Department of Security and other University staff will conduct a preliminary investigation in order to verify the situation, and will obtain information around circumstances that relate to the student in question. That preliminary investigation will include:
1. Emails, texts, and phone calls to the student’s contact phone
2. If no contact is made, a wellness check of the student’s residence will be made by local authorities and/or university designees
3. Classmates and faculty will be queried to determine the last time the student was seen.
4. If no contact can be made, the student’s emergency contact will be notified. If no emergency contact is on file in CampusVue, every effort will be made to contact the closest known relative of the missing student.
The Mesa Police Department will be contacted if at any point during the preliminary investigation circumstances appear suspicious or if all available avenues within the Student Affairs Office and the Department of Security’s control have been exhausted. If the student is deemed missing through investigative efforts, the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs will make notification to the confidential contact designated by the student. That contact will be made within 24 hours of that determination.
The Student Affairs Office and Security should be notified immediately if a student is located and their status and wellbeing have been verified, A formal report of the incident will be kept on file with campus Security.