Missing Student Policy 

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology considers the safety of our students to be essential in the creation and maintenance of an environment where learning is encouraged and supported. The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures to guide Rose-Hulman's response to reports of missing resident students in support of that proposition. Reports of missing commuter students may also be made to the Office of Public Safety who can then notify and assist the appropriate law enforcement authority in an investigation of the missing student.

Each Rose-Hulman student who is eighteen (18) years of age or older or who is legally emancipated has the opportunity on a voluntary basis to identify an individual or individuals to be contacted by the Rose-Hulman Office of Public Safety or the Office of Student Affairs whenever circumstances indicate that the student may be missing or otherwise endangered. Students can register this confidential contact information at: BANNER WEB  , Personal Information Menu, and place the contact on the Update Emergency Contacts. In the event the student under 18 years of age and is not emancipated, Rose-Hulman is required to make any missing student notification to the custodial parent(s) or guardian(s). Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement may have access to this information in use during a missing person investigation.

Any reports of a missing student should be immediately directed to the Office of Public Safety in person or by telephone at 812-877-8590. An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the student being reported missing will be promptly initiated by the Office of Public Safety and the Office of Student Affairs. Nothing herein shall prohibit the investigation of a report of a student missing before a specific amount time has elapsed. Investigated steps may include but are not limited to:

1.            Calling the student's personal cell phone on record.

2.            Entering the student's residence hall room.

3.            Checking class schedules and visiting scheduled classes.

4.            Contacting faculty members regarding class absences.

5.            Contacting known friends, roommates, acquaintances, and places of work, if any.

6.            Checking vehicle registration records for vehicle information and searching the vicinity for any registered vehicles.

Upon receipt of a credible report of a missing student the Office of Public Safety will notify the appropriate law enforcement authority of the report of the missing student as soon as practicable. If a reportedly missing student is not located within twenty-four (24) hours of the initial report, Rose Hulman is required by law to contact the appropriate law enforcement authority. Nothing herein shall prohibit the prompt notification of the appropriate law enforcement authority of a report of a student missing in fewer than twenty-four (24) hours. 

Once the Office of Public Safety and/or appropriate law enforcement authority has been notified and makes a determination that a student who is the subject of a missing person report is indeed missing the Office of Student Affairs shall initiate the emergency contact procedure using the student's designated emergency contacts.