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 student.

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 guardian.

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 be notified.

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.