If a member of the University Community has reason to believe that a student is missing, they should immediately notify the University Police Department at 504-865-3434, whether or not the student resides on campus. All possible efforts will be made to locate the student to determine his or her state of health and well-being through the collaboration of the offices of University Police, Admissions, and Student Affairs. The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs should also be contacted at 504-865-3737 to report that a student has been missing for 24 hours.
If the student is an on campus resident, the University Police Department will secure authorization from Residential Life officials to make a welfare entry into the student’s room. If the student is an off-campus resident, the University Police will informally enlist the aid of the police agency having jurisdiction.
Concurrently, University officials will endeavor to determine the student’s whereabouts through contact with friends, associates, and/or employers of the student. Whether or not the student has been attending classes, labs and scheduled organization or academic meetings, or appearing for scheduled work shifts, will be established. If located, verification of the student’s state of health and intention of returning to the campus will try to be determined. When and where appropriate, a referral will be made to the University’s Student Health Center.
If not located, notification of the family and local law enforcement will be made within 24 hours of receiving the initial report to determine if they know of the whereabouts of the student. If the student is an off-campus resident, appropriate family members or associates are encouraged to make and official missing person report to the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, the University Police Department and/or the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs will notify the student’s parents or legal guardian and any other designated contact person within 24 hours from the time the student is reported missing.
The University Police Department will cooperate, aid, and assist the primary investigative agency in all ways prescribed by law. If the student is an on-campus resident, the University Police Department will open an official investigation and retain status as the primary investigative unit. Upon closure of the missing person investigation, all parties previously contacted will be advised of the status of the case.
All students have the option to identify confidentially someone to be contacted by the Loyola University Police Department or other authorized university official or any other law enforcement agency in furtherance of a missing person (student) investigation. All students have the option through LORA (Loyola Online Records Access) to identify a contact person or persons. If any student takes this option, then those contact persons will be notified no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.