Missing Persons Policy

Upon receipt of a report of a missing person, the Campus Safety Department will conduct a thorough and timely investigation to determine the safety and current location of the person. If the missing person is a student, the investigating officer will contact and help coordinate the investigation with the Schenectady Police Department no later than 24 hours after the student is determined missing. Once it is determined that the student has been missing for a period of more than 24 hours, the Campus Safety department will notify the student's emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.

In addition to registering an emergency contact, students have the option to identify a confidential contact to be contacted by Union College Campus Safety in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such an individual, Union College Campus Safety will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. A student who wishes to identify a confidential contact may do so by coming to the Campus Safety Office and fill out a missing student contact form. A student's confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement as appropriate.

An individual will be considered missing if a roommate, classmate, faculty member, family member, or other campus person has not seen the person in a reasonable amount of time. A reasonable amount of time may vary with the time of day and information available regarding the missing person's daily schedule, habits, punctuality, and reliability. Individuals will also be considered missing immediately, if their absence has occurred under circumstances that are suspicious or cause concerns for their safety. If the initial report that a person is missing is made to a department other than the Campus Safety Department, the staff member receiving the report will ensure that the Campus Safety Department is contacted immediately.

Detailed procedures for the implementation of these policies by the College through the Campus Safety Department are available for review upon request.

Not later than 24 hours after determining a student is missing, the Campus Safety Dept. will notify the following college officials:

  • Dean of Students
  • Director of Residence Life
  • Director of Campus Safety