Missing Student Policy
If a member of the university community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify the Lincoln University Police Department (LUPD) at 681-5555. The LUPD will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation. Missing student reports may also be made to a residence hall director, a residence hall advisor or the Director of Student Housing, although filing a report with the LUPD should be the first action taken.
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 Lincoln University in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information. If a student has identified such an individual, Lincoln University will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. Students who wish to identify a confidential contact can do so through their residence hall director or residence hall advisor (click here for form).
After investigating the missing person report, should the LUPD determine that the student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, the university will notify the Jefferson City Police Department, the Cole County Sheriff's Department and the student's emergency contact, 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 within 24 hours after the LUPD has determined that the student is missing. Please note that regardless of whether the student has identified a contact person, is above the age of 18, or is an emancipated minor, LUPD will inform the Jefferson City Police Department and the Cole County Sheriff's Department within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing.