Missing Student Policy
In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, it is the policy of Cardinal Stritch University to actively investigate any report of a missing resident who is enrolled at Cardinal Stritch University and residing in Clare Hall, Assisi Hall and in the Residence Life Coventry Apartment Program.
Each resident will be notified of the Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedures
through the Student Handbook as well as the Residence Life Handbook. Additionally Cardinal Stritch University reserves
the right to actively investigate any reasonable report of a missing commuter
For purposes of this policy, a student may be considered to
be a “missing person” if the person’s absence is contrary to his/her
usual pattern of behavior and/or unusual
circumstances may have caused the absence. Such circumstances
could include, but not be limited to, a report or suspicion that the missing
person may be the victim of foul play, has expressed suicidal thoughts, where
there are concerns for drug or alcohol use, is in a life-threatening situation,
or has been with persons who may endanger the student’s welfare.
Each resident, on or before checking into his/her assigned
room in Clare or Assisi Hall, or when the lease is signed for the Coventry
Apartment Program, is required to identify the name and contact number of the
individual(s) who are a primary contact to be notified in case of an emergency
or in the event that the resident is reported missing. In the event the
resident is under the age of 18 and is not emancipated, the University is
required to have the primary emergency contact be a custodial parent or
If a member of the University community has reason to
believe that a student is missing, Residence Life and the Department of
Security should immediately be notified. Upon receiving notification, Residence
Life, in conjunction with the Student Success Center and Department of
Security, will make reasonable efforts to locate the student to determine his
or her state of health and well-being. The student’s cell phone number, if
provided, will be the first contact.
However additional efforts may include, but are not limited to, checking
the resident’s room/apartment, class schedule, friends, prox fob history,
on-line presence, and locating the resident’s vehicle. As part of the
investigation, the University reserves the right to contact the individual(s)
whom the student has identified as his/her emergency contacts person(s) to help
determine the whereabouts of the resident.
If, upon investigation by Residence Life and Security and
concurred by the Senior Director of Student Success, it is determined that the resident is
missing for at least 24 hours, the following will occur. A University
representative will contact the resident’s designated emergency contact and the
appropriate police department and request a missing person report to initiate a
police investigation. Stritch staff will assist the police in the investigation
as needed. In most cases, the student’s custodial parent or guardian will also
Residents planning to be absent from Cardinal Stritch
University for an extended period of time should be sure to notify friends and
family with information about their whereabouts. Residents are also cautioned
to regularly check their on -campus mailbox as uncollected mail, in conjunction
with other information, may cause concern that a resident is missing.
Missing Person Form
Missing Person Form -- The Missing Person Form is also a requirement by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. Please fill this form out and return it to the Department of Residence Life.