Police Department Staff

Missing Student Policy

The term "missing student" is defined as any MUW student residing in an on-campus student housing facility who is reported missing from his or her residence. Reports of missing students should be made to representatives of any of the following: the MUW PD (662-241-7777), Vice President for Student Affairs (662-329-7129), Director of Student Life (662-241-6974), or Director of Housing and Residence Life (662-329-7127). Whenever a MUW student is believed to be missing, the University will initiate steps to locate him or her or to determine why the student has not been seen. Students are under no obligation to notify the University of plans to spend time away from their residences; however, if circumstances indicate that an investigation is warranted, concerned parties should contact the MUW Police Department. Upon notification, the MUW Police Department will make inquiries within the University and beyond.

If the University determines that the circumstances of the missing student require a police investigation, the MUW PD will notify the local police and the sheriff’s department. If the police determine that the student should be classified as a missing person, they will initiate their own investigation. The University will support their investigation by providing whatever technical support is appropriate, including notices, photos, schedules and any other information relevant to the search for the missing student.

All students residing in on-campus student housing facilities have the option of identifying a contact person or persons whom the University will notify if the student is determined to be missing by the Police Department or local police department. The contact information will be confidential, accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement and may not be disclosed except in a missing person investigation. When a student who resides in an on-campus student housing facility is determined to have been missing for 24 hours, the University will:

  • Notify the contact person if the student has designated one, within 24 hours.
  • Notify the student’s custodial parent or guardian and/or other designated contact person within 24 hours if the student is under 18 years of age and is not emancipated; and
  • Inform the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction in the area that the student is missing within 24 hours.

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1100 College Street
MUW-459
Columbus, MS 39701