Suspected missing students should promptly be reported to the KSU Department of Public Safety. A student is determined to be missing when the KSU Police have verified that reported information is credible and circumstances warrant declaring the person missing. Should the KSU Police investigate and determine that a residential student is a missing person, the Director of Residence Life or designee will be immediately notified to verify the appropriate missing person contact information. Contact will then be made to the missing person contact within twenty-four (24) hours of the determination that the student is missing by the Dean of Student Success or his designee. The KSU Police will provide the Director of Residence Life or designee timely and continuous notification of the status of the investigation until the case is closed. KSU DPS will notify local law enforcement agencies within 24 hours after determining the student is missing.
Students residing in campus housing will be informed annually that each student has the option to identify a person designated as a confidential missing person contact to be notified by Kennesaw State University no later than twenty-four (24) hours after the time the student is determined to be missing by the designated officials authorized to make that determination, specifically the KSU Police. The confidential contact may be a person designated by the student in addition to the declared emergency contact. Should the student not formally declare a separate missing person contact, the emergency contact on record will be notified. The Office of Residence Life advises students that their contact information will be registered confidentially, and that this information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement and that it may not be disclosed outside of a missing person investigation.
Notification of this policy will be made directly to all students residing in campus housing annually and be available in conjunction with the “Annual Crime Report” that provides information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Security Crime Statistics Act. All students attempting to register for campus housing will also be notified of this policy at the time of online completion of housing related documents. During the online registration process, specific campus housing emergency related contact information will be captured, and the student will have the opportunity to provide a separate missing person contact online. All information submitted online during the housing registration process will remain on file and be considered accurate until the student voluntarily provides different information.
Students have the opportunity to submit revised missing person contact information at any time by notifying the KSU Department of Residence Life. Email sent to email@example.com is the preferred method of submission, and must include the following: student's full legal name, KSU identification number, where the student resides in campus housing, the student's cell phone # (or best contact phone #), the name and relationship of the person(s) who the student desires to be contacted, a home and cell phone # for that person(s), an email address for that person(s), and a home address for that person(s).
For persons under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the institution will still allow a separate person to be designated for missing person notification; however, a legal parent or guardian will also be notified, within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing .