Appendix D: Missing Persons Policy

As required under federal law, the Harvard School of Public Health immediately will refer to the Harvard University Police Department any missing persons report involving a student who lives in on-campus housing. If the HUPD determines that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, then, within 24 hours following this determination, the School, working with HUPD as necessary, will: (1) attempt to contact the student using any confidential contact information that the student may have provided to the School; (2) notify any appropriate external law enforcement agency; (3) contact any person the student has identified to the Registrar as an emergency contact; and (4) notify others at the University, as appropriate, about the student’s disappearance. In addition, the School will contact a custodial parent or guardian of any student who is under 18 years of age and reported missing from on-campus housing. Students are reminded that they may provide the Registrar with emergency contact information and/or confidential personal contact information if they have not already done so.