Any missing persons report about an on‐campus student must be immediately referred to the Campus Police Department who must contact the individual identified as the student’s contact, if any. The Hocking College Police Department will make the determination as to whether a student is missing. Upon receiving a report and determining that the student has been missing for 25 hours or more, the Hocking College Police will initiate the emergency contact procedures and conduct an investigation.
Federal law requires that residential students have the option to identify an individual to be contacted by the institution not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing. Residential students over the age of 18 have the option to decline this service. Residential students will fill out the Missing Student Notification form upon check in. These forms will be kept on file in the Residence Life Office. This contact information will be registered confidentially, will only be accessible to authorized campus officials, and will not be disclosed except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.
If the missing residential student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the college will notify a custodial parent or guardian within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, in addition to notifying any additional contact person designated by the student.