Missing Persons Policy
If a member of the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, they should immediately notify public safety at 314.446.SAFE (7223). All University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis officials are required to notify public safety immediately upon being notified about a missing student. Public safety will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.
After investigating the missing person report, should public safety determine the student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, public safety will notify the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the student’s confidential contact. Even if the student has not registered a contact person through residence life, the University will contact the police department. Contact will be made no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, the University will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after public safety has determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.
In addition to registering an emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify, confidentially, an individual to be contacted by the University in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours.
Students who wish to identify a confidential contact can do so by contacting residential life. This information is confidential, accessible by authorized campus officials and law enforcement only, and will not be disclosed outside of a missing person investigation. Should the investigation determine the student is missing prior to 24 hours, these procedures will be implemented immediately.