Missing Persons Procedure for Students
The purpose of this procedure is to establish protocols for
Butler University in response to reports of missing students, as
required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.
This procedure applies to students who reside in Butler University
campus residence halls, university owned apartments, or officially
sanctioned university housing which includes Greek
A student may be considered to be a "missing person" if the
person's absence is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior
and unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Such
circumstances may include, but not be limited to, a report or
suspicion that the missing person may be the victim of foul play,
has expressed suicidal thoughts, is drug dependent, is in a
life-threatening situation, or has been with persons who may
endanger the student's welfare.
All contact information provided by students for this
missing persons procedure will be accessible
only to authorized campus officials. It will not be
disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a
missing person investigation.
Procedures for designation of missing person's emergency
Students age 18 and above and emancipated minors
Students will be given the opportunity during each semester to
designate an individual or individuals to be contacted by the
college no more than 24 hours after the time that the student is
determined to be missing. A designation will remain in effect until
changed or revoked by the student.
Students under the age of 18
In the event a student who is not emancipated is determined to
be missing pursuant to the procedures set forth below, Butler
University is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no
more than 24 hours after the student is determined to be
Official notification procedures for missing persons
- Any individual on campus who has information that a residential
student may be a missing person must notify the Butler University
Police Department (BUPD) as soon as possible by calling
317-940-9396. Any individual can also notify:
- Resident Life Coordinator (RLC)
- Resident Assistants (RA)
- Dean of Student Life
If reported to one of the individuals above, they will notify
BUPD for an investigation.
- BUPD will gather all essential information about the
residential student from the reporting person and from the
student's acquaintances (description, clothes last worn, where
student might be, who student might be with, vehicle description,
information about the physical and mental well being of the
student, an up-to-date photograph, class schedule, etc.).
Appropriate campus staff will be notified to aid in the search for
the student if deemed necessary.
- BUPD will notify the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police
Department (IMPD) of the report and possibly request
assistance from their Missing Person's unit if deemed necessary.
BUPD and IMPD will follow Indiana Code and investigate all reports
of missing persons. Indiana Code requires no arbitrary
waiting period for reporting a person missing.