Missing Person/Student Policy and Procedures

Missing student means any student of SUNY Morrisville subject to the provisions of Section 355(17) of the New York State Education Law, who resides in a facility owned or operated by the SUNY Morrisville and who is reported to SUNY Morrisville as missing from his or her residence.

Response and Investigation

When a report of a missing student is received by SUNY Morrisville or local police agencies (i.e., NYS Police, Madison County Sheriff's Department), the receiving department will conduct a preliminary investigation in order to verify the complaint relating to the reported missing student. If the student's absence is verified, the incident will be reported and shared between departments. Both departments will continue the investigation to locate the missing student. If, after further investigation the missing student is not located, both departments will determine the most efficient manner of continuing the investigation. In any event, information relating to any report of a missing student shall be shared by both parties no later than twelve (12) hours from the time of the initial report. If the missing student is located or returns to SUNY Morrisville at any time after the matter has been reported, each party shall notify the other immediately.

Procedures for Reporting a Missing Person/Student on Campus

A SUNY Morrisville employee, student or other member of the college community receiving information regarding an alleged missing person/student should immediately report it to the University Police Department by doing one of the following:

  • Call 315.684.6410 or 911
  • Use emergency blue light phone

Procedures for reporting a missing person/student off campus, call either

  • 911
  • NYS Police 315.363.4400, or
  • Madison County Sheriff's Department 315.366.2311

In the event that a student under the age of 18 years old is reported missing, his/her parents or legal guardian will be notified.

Efforts will be made to ensure confidentiality of missing person reports.