Missing Person Procedure

In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, it is the policy of Rhodes College, as it relates to students who reside on-campus, to report missing students and to inform students of their options regarding the contact person. Rhodes College will contact the custodial parent of record or legal guardian of a missing student under the age of 18 no later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing. If a student is emancipated, or 18 years of age or older and desires a contact other than their parents they should submit this request in writing to the Dean of Students, to be included in their student file. 

When a student is determined to be missing and a report is made to Campus Safety, the On-Call Administrator or a Residence Life staff member, an investigation will commence immediately. The college will take reasonable and prudent steps to locate the student. If the student cannot be located within 24 hours, the emergency contact will be notified by the On-Call Administrator. Campus Safety will initiate a “Missing Person” report and notify local law enforcement.