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Missing Students

Policy Statement

It is the policy of Adelphi University, through the collaboration of the Dean of Student Affairs and the Department of Public Safety and Transportation, to investigate any report of a missing student who is enrolled and attending classes at any AU campus or global academic center. This policy, with its accompanying procedures, establishes a framework for cooperation among members of the University community aimed at locating and assisting students who are reported missing.

Reason for Policy

Adelphi University is committed to creating and preserving a safe and secure environment for its students. In order to support this commitment, this Policy sets forth rules and procedures to be followed in the event that a student of the University is reported to be missing.

Who is Governed by this Policy

Faculty, Staff, and Students


How to Report a Missing Student

Any report of a missing student should be made immediately to the Department of Public Safety at 516.877.3511. Should an acquaintance report a missing student to another department, such as Student Conduct & Community Standards, Student Affairs, Residential Life, etc., those individuals or departments will immediately notify the Department of Public Safety who will work in conjunction with the Vice President & Dean of Student Affairs. As the reporting party, be prepared to give your name and phone number as well as providing all information possible regarding the missing person including a physical description, what they were wearing when they were last seen, where they were last seen, what physical condition they were in when last seen, if they are driving or have a vehicle and its description and who they were with. Be prepared to provide information on any medical or other special conditions that you know about.

The Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with the Dean of Student Affairs, will attempt to determine whether the student is, in fact, missing. Steps that may be taken, depending on the circumstances:

  • Public Safety, Vice President & Dean of Student Affairs, or designee will attempt to contact the student through all reasonable and available means
  • Public Safety will investigate the validity of the missing person report and manage the information according to its established investigative standards
  • Public Safety may notify appropriate University personnel and seek their aid in the investigation (i.e. Residential Life, Student Counseling Center, Health Services, etc.)

If Public Safety or Student Affairs is unable to locate the missing student, the student is not known to have returned to the University (or otherwise located), or Public Safety has determined that the missing student has been missing for more than 24 hours, Public Safety will notify the local police.

At Adelphi University each student completes a “Student Emergency and a Missing Student Contact Registration Form” in order to receive their Adelphi Identification Card. The form gives the student the option to identify an individual to be notified by Adelphi University (AU) if a student is determined to be missing. If a student is determined missing, AU will also notify the appropriate law enforcement agency no later than 24 hours after the student determination.

Students are advised that the missing student contact information will be considered confidential, accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement and will not be disclosed outside of a missing person’s investigation. 

Note Regarding Parents/Guardians and Emergency Contacts of Resident Students:

  • If the student is under 18 years of age and not an EMANCIPATED INDIVIDUAL, the University is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian or any other designated contact person no later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to have been missing.
  • If the student is over 18 years and provided an emergency contact, that emergency contact must be notified not later than 24 hours after the student is determined to have been missing. Student’s emergency contact information will be registered confidentially, and this information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials. It may not be disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.
  • If a parent/guardian or emergency contact cannot be contacted (reached), the local police must be informed no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to have been missing.


Emancipated Individual

Emancipation by court order starts when a minor files a petition with the court asking to be emancipated. A minor must be at least sixteen years old to be emancipated. The minor understands his or her responsibilities as an emancipated person.


Public Safety Missing Persons Policy 

Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report (PDF)


Adelphi University Identification Form, Incident Complaint Report, Missing Person Information Sheet


Robert F. Hughes 
p – 516.877.3500
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Mike McGuinness
p – 516.877.3441
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Raymond Hughes
p – 516.877.3500
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Document History

  • Last Reviewed Date: March 24, 2020
  • Last Revised Date: March 24, 2020
  • Policy Origination Date: Not known

Who Approved This Policy

Gene Palma, Chief Administrative Officer

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