In compliance with the Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedures 20 USC 1092 C; (Section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008), it is the policy of the Department of Campus Safety & Security and Housing & Residence Life to actively investigate any report of a missing student who is enrolled at TU as either a full- or part-time student. Each resident will be notified of the missing students’ policy and procedures in the event they are reported missing.
Each resident upon checking into their assigned room is requested via the Resident Student Check-In Card (RSCC) to identify the name and contact number of the individual(s) to be contacted in case of an emergency, including identifying a separate contact person (if desired) in the event the resident is reported missing for a period of no more than 24 hours, if the student has been determined missing by the Office of Campus Safety & Security or local law enforcement. For any resident under the age of 18, and not an emancipated individual, the institution is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours after the time the resident is determined to be missing by the Office of Campus Safety & Security and university staff. Emergency contact information will be kept confidential and accessible only to authorized campus officials and will not be disclosed, except to law enforcement to further the missing person investigation.
If a member of the TU community has reason to believe that any student is missing, all efforts will be made immediately (no waiting period) to locate the student to determine his or her state of health and well-being. These efforts include, but are not limited to: checking the resident’s room, classes via their schedule, friends, ID card access, contacting other important offices (Student Affairs, Student Services), locating the resident’s vehicle and calling cell phone numbers.
If upon investigation by the Office of Campus Safety & Security and Housing & Residence Life staff the resident is determined missing for at least 24 hours, the dean of students will contact the resident’s designated emergency contact or custodial parent or legal guardian immediately. This action is justified if the student is under the age of 18 or has failed to designate an emergency contact. Any missing student report must be referred immediately to TU’s Campus Safety & Security. Campus Safety & Security will continue to investigate in collaboration with staff from Student Affairs and Housing & Residence Life. Campus Safety & Security will also coordinate its efforts with outside law enforcement agencies in full compliance with legal obligations and good faith practice. Regardless of whether the student has identified a contact person, is above the age of 18 or is an emancipated minor, Campus Safety & Security will notify local law enforcement within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, unless local law enforcement was the entity that made the determination that the student is missing.
When a university student is thought to be missing from the campus, campus officials (dean of students, Campus Safety & Security) should be promptly notified. All potential missing student reports will be referred to local police for investigation. A person also may be suspected of being missing if an inquiry about that individual comes to the attention of a university official or campus authority from a parent, legal guardian, law enforcement agency or staff member who has been unable to contact the student or verify the student’s presence on campus by email or phone call.
Reporting a Missing Student
To report a suspected missing student, immediately contact Campus Safety & Security, 918-631-5555, located in Mabee Gym 3115 E. Eighth St., Tulsa, Oklahoma. Campus Safety & Security will contact the offices of Student Affairs, Housing & Residence Life Staff and Tulsa Police to coordinate the search effort.
All students and university employees must obtain an official identification card from Parking and Card Services. The TU ID Card must be carried at all times when on campus and presented to university officials upon request. Anyone who fails or refuses to show their card may be asked to leave the campus. While this requirement may seem restrictive, it is designed to serve the needs of all members of the campus community.
TU ID Cards are required for admission to the university libraries, computer labs, the fitness center and residence halls, for access to many campus activities, and for check cashing identification at the business office.