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Missing Students

Policy and procedures regarding the reporting of missing students.

Owner: Public Safety

1.      Introduction:

Federal law requires Teachers College to establish procedures for use if a student who resides on campus housing is believed to be missing.  Any member of the community who believes that a student is missing is encouraged to contact Public Safety immediately so the Office may investigate the apparent disappearance.  Any College official who has reason to believe that a student is missing must contact Public Safety immediately.


2.      Contact Procedure:

Consistent with the law, TC invites students residing in student housing to identify confidential contacts who can be contacted if the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.  Procedures for identifying confidential contacts and for determining required notifications are provided to all resident students by the Office of Residential Services.  Confidential contact information may only be accessed by authorized College officials and law enforcement authorities in furtherance of a missing person investigation.


Whenever a Teachers College student is believed to be missing, the College will try to locate the student or to determine why the student is presumed missing. 


The Office of Public Safety investigates incidents of missing students through the use of both on-campus and off-campus resources. Public Safety will coordinate with the Office of Residential Services, the Office of the Provost, and other appropriate offices.  If a resident student cannot be located within 24 hours or the circumstances require a police investigation, the Office of Public Safety will notify the local police precinct and assist the NYPD as requested.

Responsible Office: Public Safety

Effective Date: January 2015

Last Reviewed: August 2021

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