2023-2024 Policy Library 
    May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Policy Library

Missing Person Notification Policy

Approved July 2010, updated August 2018

This policy contains the official notification procedures of Claremont McKenna College (The “College”) for missing students who reside in campus housing, in accordance with the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Section 488(j).

Confidential Contact

Students who reside in on-campus housing are encouraged to register one or more people to be listed as a confidential contact for the College to contact strictly for the purposes of attempting to verify whether you are a missing person. Confidential contacts can be, but are not required to be, the same as the student’s emergency contact(s).  The confidential contact(s) will be kept confidential and can only be accessed by authorized College officials.  College officials may only disclose the confidential contact(s) to law enforcement officials for the purposes of a missing student investigation. Students may update their missing person contact and their emergency contact information at any time by notifying the Dean of Students Office or updating the information on their student portal.


If any member of the Claremont McKenna College community has reason to believe that a student may be missing he or she should immediately notify the Dean of Students Office at (909) 621-8114 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) or the Department of Campus Safety at (909) 607-2000. The College will initiate an investigation into any report of a missing person as soon as this information is received by the College or the Department of Campus Safety.  If Campus Safety was not initially notified, the Dean of Students Office will immediately notify Campus Safety upon receipt of a report that a student may be missing.  If a student is determined to have been missing for twenty-four (24) hours, the College and/or Department of Campus Safety will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency and initiate the notification procedures as set forth in this policy.

Notification Procedures

A student’s missing person contact will be notified by a member of the Dean of Students Office no later than twenty-four (24) hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing. If the student is under the age of 18 and not emancipated, the College must notify the student’s parent/guardian in addition to the confidential contact(s). Appropriate law enforcement agencies will also be notified.