Missing Student Policy

Emerson College takes the safety and well-being of its students very seriously.  On-campus students may confidentially identify an individual to be notified within 24 hours following an official determination that the student is missing.  The Office of Housing and Residence Life collects this information during the on-campus move-in process and students may update or change emergency contact information at any time by contacting the Office of Housing and Residence Life.  In addition, all students may provide the College with confidential contact information that may be used to reach the student in the event of an emergency.

All members of the Emerson community are encouraged to notify the Emerson College Police Department (extension 8888 from a campus phone or (617) 824-8888 from off-campus and cell phones) immediately when they believe a student is missing.  The College, acting through its various departments, offices, and employees, shall notify Campus Police immediately in all cases of missing persons reported to any employee of the College.  In all cases, ECPD will notify the Dean of Students directly of any missing student report.

Campus Police will investigate the circumstances of the student’s absence.  If ECPD officially determines that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours following its receipt of a missing persons report, it will notify appropriate external law enforcement agencies and the missing student’s emergency contact within 24 hours following its determination.  If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated minor, the College will notify the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian immediately.

Questions about this policy should be addressed to Dean of Students Ron Ludman, by calling (617) 824-8640 or via email to Ronald_Ludman@Emerson.edu.