Missing Persons Policy

If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing; he or she should immediately notify the Xavier University Police Department at 513-745-1000. The Xavier University Police Department will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.

After investigating the missing person report, should the Xavier University Police Department determine that the student is missing, and has been missing for more than 24 hours, the Xavier University Police Department will notify the student's  missing person contact, no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, the Xavier University Police Department will notify the student's parent or legal guardian within 24 hours after making the determination that the student has been missing for 24 hours. As required by law, the Xavier University Police Department, regardless if the missing student is over the age of 18, or is an emancipated minor, will inform the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction in the area the student was reported missing, of any missing student in order to inform them that the Xavier University Police Department has conducted an initial investigation and has determined that a student is missing.  This notification will be made no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. In addition to registering an emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify, confidentially, an individual to be contacted by Xavier University in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. Students who wish to identify a confidential contact can do so through the Office of Residence Life. This confidential contact information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement and it will not be disclosed outside of a missing person investigation.

This factor does not mean that in the event of a serious or continuing threat to students or employees a timely warning should not be issued- rather, that Xavier will take law enforcement efforts into consideration when issuing a warning