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WVU-PD-1-C Missing On-Campus Students

Responsible Unit: University Police
Effective: December 21, 2020
Revision History: None
Review Date: January 2026


1.1 The purpose of this Policy is to set forth the missing student notification procedures for students who reside in on-campus student housing facilities (sometimes referred to in the Policy as an “on-campus student”).

1.2 As set forth below, WVU will identify where such reports can be made and require those reports to be immediately referred to the University Police Department. Further, missing student contact information will be used in accordance with the procedures and notifications will take place as set forth below.


2.1 Where to Report Missing On-Campus Student . If anyone has reason to believe that a student who lives in on-campus student housing has been missing from campus, the University Police Department should be contacted at 304-293-3136 (twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week), 992 Elmer Prince Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506-6563.

2.2 Mandatory Referral . If anyone receives a report of a missing on-campus student, regardless of how long that on-campus student is believed to have been missing, that report must be referred immediately to the University Police Department at contacted 304-293-3136 (twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week), 992 Elmer Prince Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506-6563.

2.3 Contact Information . Each student residing on-campus housing, regardless of age, shall have the option to register a contact person or persons to be used strictly for missing persons purposes (referred to in this Policy as a “missing person contact”). This contact can be anyone and can be the same or different from the person identified as the student’s general emergency contact. For students living in the residence halls, students can register and update their missing person contact information by logging into My Housing/Housing Portal, which is located at the following site: For students living in University apartments, they are contacted and given the option to register one or more individuals to be a contacted strictly for missing persons purposes. On-campus students are offered this option each year, regardless of whether the student has identified a missing person contact in previous years. WVU shall notify the student’s missing person contact within twenty-four hours of the determination by the University Police Department that the student is missing.

2.4 Actions Taken Following a Report . Once a report is made of a missing on-campus student, the University will take the following actions:

If the investigation determines that the on-campus student has been missing for over twenty-four hours then, within the next twenty-four hours, the University will notify the individual identified as the student’s missing person contact.


3.1 This Policy supersedes and replaces any other WVU policy or procedure which relates to the subject matter contained within this Rule.

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