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
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:
Calling the student's personal cell phone on record.
Entering the student's residence hall room.
Checking class schedules and visiting scheduled classes.
Contacting faculty members regarding class absences.
Contacting known friends, roommates, acquaintances, and places of
work, if any.
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