Missing Student Notification Plan
Missing Student Notification Plan of Action
In compliance with The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Tiffin University will implement the following notification guidelines in the event of a missing student.
- In the event it is believed a student (residential or commuter) is missing, especially if the student has been missing for 24 hours or more, the Dean of Students Office should be contacted immediately (419) 448-3421 or the Student Affairs Office (419) 448-3264. If the student is a residential student, and an initial report is made to a resident assistant or to the Director of Residence Life, the Dean of Students will also be contacted by the appropriate staff members.
- Any student living in an on-campus housing facility has the option to register a confidential contact person to be notified in the case that student is determined to be missing. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information, unless otherwise specified by the student. The student should include any other information in his or her registration. Registration forms may be filled out in the Student Affairs Office (Tiffin Campus).
- All students should be advised that even if they have not registered a contact person in the Student Affairs Office (Tiffin Campus), local law enforcement officials will be notified to aid in an investigation, as will other agencies as necessity dictates.
- Parents or guardians of any student less than 18 years of age and not emancipated will be notified immediately, regardless of registration status.
- Any reports or notification of missing students will be referred immediately to local law enforcement officials.
- If a student residing in a campus housing facility is determined to have been missing for 24 hours or more, the following procedures will be implemented:
- Local law enforcement will be contacted immediately as will the President the President’s Cabinet. The President and the President’s staff will receive notifications of the investigation from the Dean of Students.
- Campus officials will aid local law enforcement in whatever capacity, as well as aid in seeking and obtaining information from any campus sources, such as roommates, classmates, teammates, professors, staff members, and any other campus constituents who may have information pertinent to the investigation.
- The President will coordinate all media efforts with the Vice-President for Development and Public Affairs and the Executive Director of Media Relations.
- The Dean of Students and members of the Student Affairs Staff will work with family members to keep them apprised of the situation and to offer support.
- The President will determine and coordinate any other responsibilities as needed.
- NOTE: This procedures may be implemented in less than 24 hours if circumstances warrant a faster implementation.
For International Students:
- An international student attending Tiffin University on an F-1 visa is required to report to school no sooner than 30 days prior to the start of classes and no later than7 days after the start of classes. The Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) is notified when a student successfully obtains his/her F-1 visa. From this point, the Director of International Student Services requires a flight itinerary from the student that shows the departure and arrival time of the flight, the flight number, and contact information. The flight itinerary paperwork is required to be submitted at least 2 weeks before the student arrives at the airport. The paperwork has contact information for the Director of International Student Services, the graduate assistant for International Student Services, and the assistant to the Director.
- The Director of International Student Services or a member or the staff greets every student at the airport. If the student fails to report to the airport, the Director of International Student Services first attempts to contact airport security to notify authorities of the missing student. Attempts to contact the parents or guardian of the student or the recruiting agent from the student’s home country follow if no contact is made through airport security. If all attempts to contact the student prove unsuccessful, the PDSO is required to terminate the student’s I-20 document and notify the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) and The Department of Homeland Security via the Student and Exchange Visitor information Services (SEVIS) database of the failure to report. At this point, the student is considered an illegal alien to the United States and subject to deportation.
Active Status International Student:
- International students are required to supply the Director of International Student Services with a phone number, off-campus address, as well as, contact information for parents or guardians in case of emergency. This information is available to the staff of the Student Affairs office. If an international student is missing from the university the Director of International Students in conjunction with the Office of Residence Life will investigate the circumstances surrounding the disappearance. The friends and parents of the missing student will immediately be notified in attempt to locate the student’s whereabouts. If the student is missing for more than 24 hours, the local authorities will be notified.
- If the student does not report back to campus, the PDSO is required to terminate his/her I-20 document and notify the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) and The Department of Homeland Security via the Student and Exchange Visitor information Services (SEVIS) within 30 days.