Missing Student Procedure

Each Student living on campus has the option to register during the registration process to register a confidential contact person to be notified in the case that the student is determined to be missing, and that only authorized Student Development staff officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information.

If a member of John Brown University’s community has a reason to believe that a student is missing, they should immediately notify the Campus Safety Department at (479) 215-5000, who will notify the Resident Director,  Dean of Students, or Vice President of Student Development to determine whether or not the student resides on campus or not.  

All possible efforts will be made to locate the student to determine his or her state of health and well being through the collaboration of the campus safety department and the student development staff. If the student is an on-campus resident, the campus safety department will work with the student life staff to make a welfare entry into the student’s room.  

If the student is an off-campus resident, the campus safety department will coordinate with the Siloam Springs Police Department and enlist their help in investigating the circumstances involved with the missing student, through contact with friends, associates and/or employers of the student when the student has been considered to be missing for more than 24 hours.

Whether or not the student has been attending classes, labs, recitals, and scheduled organizational or academic meetings, or appearing for scheduled work study or other work shifts, will be established. If located, verification of the student’s state of health and intention of returning to the campus is made. When and where appropriate, a referral will be made to the campus health officials.

If the student is not located, notification of the family and the local law enforcement will take place within 24 hours of receiving the initial report, to determine if they know the whereabouts of the student. If the student is an off-campus resident, appropriate family members or associates are encouraged to make an official missing persons report with the Siloam Springs Police Department, or outside the city with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department, or other law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction.

If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, the Vice President of Student Development or his replacement, who is responsible for the student will notify the student’s parents or legal guardian immediately after the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction has determined that the student has been missing for more the 24 hours.

The campus safety department and student development staff will cooperate, aid and assist the primary investigation agency in all ways prescribed by law. Upon closure of the missing person investigation, all parties previously contacted will be advised of the status of the case. All students, faculty and staff have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by the university, in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours.

If a student has identified such an individual, the student development staff will notify the individual no later than 24 hours after the student has been determined to be missing.