The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires institutions of higher education to establish a missing student notification policy for students who reside in on-campus housing, a process for students to register a confidential contact to be used under this policy, and procedures to implement this policy for students who reside in on-campus housing.
If any member of the University community has reason to believe that a student may be missing, he or she should immediately notify the Illinois State University Police at (309) 438-8631.
Enrolled students may identify a confidential contact person who may be contacted no later than 24 hours after the time that a student is determined missing. Each semester students will be given the opportunity to update the information. This information will not be disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation or as required by law.
The ISU Police will initiate an investigation upon receipt of a report that a student may be missing. If the ISU Police investigation determines that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours without any known reason, the notification procedures will be implemented. If circumstances warrant, the University may implement the notification procedures in less than twenty-four hours.
A student’s confidential contact will be notified by the ISU Police not later than twenty-four (24) hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing. If the student is under the age of 18 and not emancipated, the student’s parents or legal guardian, in addition to any other contact person designated by the student, are required to be contacted. Local law enforcement will also be notified.