Missing Persons Policy

As required under federal law, Harvard College immediately will refer any missing persons report involving a student to the Harvard University Police Department. If HUPD determines that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, then, within the 24 hours following this determination, the School, working with HUPD as necessary, will: (1) attempt to contact the student using any confidential contact information that the student may have provided to the School; (2) notify an appropriate extemallaw enforcement agency; (3) contact any person the student has identified to the Registrar as an emergency contact; and (4) notify others at the University, as appropriate, about the student’s disappearance. In addition, the School will contact a custodial parent or guardian of any missing student who is under 18 years of age and not an emancipated individual. Students are reminded that they may provide the Registrar with emergency contact information and/or confidential personal contact information if they have not already done so.