Missing-student notification policies and procedures

Any person who believes a current University of Akron student is missing should notify The University of Akron Police Department (UAPD) at 330-972-2911. In the event another University office receives a report of a missing student, that office is responsible for notifying The University of Akron Police Department, which will make the determination as to whether a student is missing.  The University will inform local law enforcement no later than 24 hours after a student has been determined to be missing.

When students move into their residence halls, they will be given the opportunity to identify a confidential contact, who will be contacted by the institution in the event that the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours.   If a student is under the age of 18 or is not an emancipated individual, the University is required by law to contact the students’ custodial parent or legal guardian no later than 24 hours after the student has been determined to be missing. 

Unless otherwise required by law, contact information only will be accessible to authorized campus officials and law enforcement personnel as part of a missing person investigation. However, should an un-emancipated student under the age of eighteen be determined as missing, in addition to notifying the designated contact person, the University is required by law to notify the custodial parent or guardian within twenty-four (24) hours of such determination.

Should anyone believe that a student has been missing for more than twenty-four (24) hours, s/he immediately should contact UAPD or a Residence Life and Housing or Student Affairs staff member, who immediately will contact UAPD. UAPD will investigate the missing student report. If the student is not located during the ensuing twenty-four (24) hours, or sooner as conditions may dictate, the University will notify the City of Akron Police Department as well as the student’s confidential contact person (and/or parent as necessary.)