McNeese State University takes seriously all instances of possible missing students. Upon having reason to believe a current student is missing, the university community will make every effort to locate the student and determine his/her state of health and well-being. All faculty, staff, and agents/contractors of McNeese State University are required to immediately report instance of suspected missing students to University Police and the Dean of Student Services. All available sources of information and methods of contact will be employed to locate the missing student.
Title 37 of the Crime Control Act of 1990, the National Child Search Assistance Act, states each Federal, State and local law enforcement agency shall report each case of a missing child under the age of eighteen (18) to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) of the Department of Justice. Under provisions of this title, no law enforcement agency will maintain any policy that requires the observance of any waiting period before accepting a missing child or unidentified person complaint. McNeese State University Police Department will report all instances of missing children under the age of eighteen (18), in compliance with Title 37.
Students residing on-campus have the option to list a confidential emergency contact who will be informed within 24 hours in the event the student is designated as “missing”. Emergency contact information registered for this purpose will only be disclosed to law enforcement in the furtherance of a missing person investigation. In the instance of a missing non-emancipated student under the age of 18, the university is required to also notify the student’s custodial parent(s) within 24 hours.
For students residing on campus who are suspected of being missing (i.e., has not returned to campus as they said after a holiday or parents call because the student has not shown up at home or maintained usual contact), University Police will record the request for assistance in an informational report and attempt to locate the student. If the student is not located, a missing person report will be filed with either University Police or the law enforcement agency with appropriate jurisdiction as the situation dictates. The missing student’s emergency contacts and/or custodial parent(s) will be notified. If the Office of University Police is not the primary investigative agency with jurisdiction, the Dean of Students and University Police Department will cooperate with, aid, and assist the primary investigative agency in all ways allowable under the law.
Advice to Residential Students
- Maintain regular contact with your family/friends.
- Let your family or roommates know when you plan to leave campus for extended periods of time, if your plans change, or you will be delayed.
- If you believe your roommate/friend may be missing or in distress, contact the Dean of Students or the University Police Department immediately. These offices will work together to make contact with the student and coordinate resources as necessary.