Under the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Newberry College is required to establish the following policy and procedures for student living on campus in the residence halls or college owned or operated houses.
Each student living in an on-campus student housing facility has the option to register a confidential contact person to be notified in the case the student is determined to be missing and the only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information. Please note that even if the student does not register a contact person, Newberry College will contact the local law enforcement that the student is missing. The College will notify a parent or guardian of student who is less than 18 years of age and not emancipated.
Individuals will need to contact the following people if a student has been missing for 24 hours:
8:00 am – 4:30pm, Monday - Friday: Rakiya Bearden, Director of Residence Life 803-321-5350
24/7/365: Campus Security 803-940-0672
Students are required to complete the Student Identification form each academic semester, which will be kept in the student’s file in the Office of Student Affairs.
The Newberry College official receiving the report will collect and document the following information at the time of the report:
The Newberry College official receiving the report will contact the Residence Life staff member on duty and the Dean of Students in order to update them on the situation and to receive additional consultation. The Dean of Students will ascertain if/when other members of the college’s administration need to be contacted. Upon notification from any entity that a student may be missing, Newberry College may use any or all of the following resources to assist in locating the student:
The Newberry College Instructional Technology Staff may be asked to obtain email logs in order to determine the last log in and/or access of the Newberry network. Once all information is collected and documented and the Dean of Students (or her designee) is consulted, Newberry College staff may contact the local police to report the information. (Note: If in the course of gathering information as described above, foul play is evident or strongly indicated, the police can be contacted immediately.)
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