Fayetteville Policies and Procedures  504.4 

Missing Students

In accordance with § 485(j) of the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(j), the University of Arkansas has developed this investigation and notification policy regarding students who reside in on-campus housing and who have been reported as missing.

Any report to a University official indicating that a student who resides in on-campus housing (including, but not limited to, Greek houses managed by University Housing or located on University property) is missing shall be referred immediately to the University of Arkansas Police Department (the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, University Housing, and Greek Life, if appropriate), and an investigation shall be conducted. If the investigation determines that the student has been missing more than 24 hours, the following persons shall be notified:

  • A confidential contact person designated by the student.
    • Students have the option of identifying an emergency contact person of their choice. This emergency contact information can be updated in the UAConnect management system as well as with individual residence halls. The information shall be considered confidential and is only to be accessed by University officials for official purposes.
  • If a student is under 18 and not an emancipated minor, the student’s custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
  • Local law enforcement authorities.

The University of Arkansas Police Department will work with other law enforcement agencies, if necessary, once a student is determined to be missing. University officials may elect to notify additional persons determined to be appropriate consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g.

IMPORTANT: Students are encouraged to share pertinent information with family and friends when leaving campus or taking trips. Sharing this information will enable University staff, as well as family and friends, to contact you if the need arises. In addition, students are encouraged to periodically update their emergency contact information in UAConnect.

During the Fall semester of each academic year, the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students will notify all students residing in on-campus housing of this policy.

Reformatted for Web March 24, 2014
September 23, 2009