Missing Student Notification
In accordance with the Higher Education Act Title IV, Section 485(j) students have the option to identify an individual to be contacted by Saint Xavier University if it is determined that the student is missing. Please log into Self-Service on mySXU and fill out the emergency contact information. This contact can be updated at any time via Self-Service on mySXU. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information. Public Safety will have to notify the local law enforcement agency, of the appropriate jurisdiction, of the missing student regardless if the student has registered emergency contact information. If the missing student is under 18 years of age, and is not an emancipated individual, the Department will notify their parent or legal guardian immediately.
Saint Xavier University will implement the missing student protocol in the event that a student is reported missing, which follows the Illinois Missing Person Identification Act, 50 ILCS 722/5, effective 16 August 2007. Illinois Law mandates that "all law enforcement agencies shall accept without delay any report of a missing person. Acceptance of a missing person report filed in person may not be refused on any ground." Policies pertaining to missing students will be put into effect regardless of whether the student resides on or off campus. If a member of the University community believes that a student is missing, for 24 hours or longer, he or she should immediately notify the Department of Public Safety by calling 773-298-3911.This 24 hour standard does not preclude implementing these procedures in less than 24 hours if circumstances warrant a faster implementation. The Department will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation. In circumstances where the investigation deems the student as missing, the missing student protocol will be activated. Public Safety officials will ensure the coordination of relevant student data entry into law enforcement databases and involve external law enforcement agencies as necessary. Additionally, they will commence emergency contact procedures designated by the student.
In accordance with 50 ILCS 722/10, missing persons designated as "high risk" must be immediately entered into the Illinois State Police Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) and the FBI National Crime Information Crime Center (NCIC). "High risk" is defined by 50 ILCS 722/10 as:
- the person is missing as a result of a stranger abduction.
- the person is missing under suspicious circumstances.
- the person is missing under unknown circumstances.
- the person is missing under known dangerous circumstances.
- the person is missing more than 30 days.
- the person has already been designated as a high-risk missing person by another law enforcement agency.
- There is evidence that the person is at risk because:
- the person is in need of medical attention or prescription medication.
- the person does not have a pattern of running away or disappearing.
- the person may have been abducted by a non-custodial parent.
- the person in mentally impaired.
- the person is under the age of 21.
- the person has been the subject of past threats or acts of violence.
- the person has eloped from a nursing home.
- any other factor that may, in the judgment of law enforcement personnel, indicate that the missing person may be at risk.
Additionally, Suzanne's Law (Title 42 U.S.C., Section 5799a) also requires agencies to immediately enter records into the LEADS/NCIC Missing Person file for missing individuals under the age of 21, regardless of circumstances. And as an overall policy, LEADS Regulations (Illinois Administrative Code 1240.60a) mandate that "each agency must enter information into LEADS or ensure information has been entered into LEADS as soon as the facts are known and sufficient identifiers are available to permit the establishment of a LEADS record."