Federal law – the Jeanne Clery Act – requires all Title IV institutions of higher learning to provide and publish policy for students who reside on campus that go missing. In addition to specific actions that an institution must undertake, the law provides that a student have an option to identify, confidentially, an individual to be contacted in the event he or she is determined to be missing. This may be any person of your choosing. You will soon receive an electronic registration form from this office. We strongly encourage you to participate in this important program if you have not already done so through the office of Housing and Residence Life. You may use the electronic registration form to change your contact information in the future should you desire to do so. The registration form will also be available on the Campus Safety web page using the link provided. The information you submit will be maintained in a secure data base accessible only to designated authorities. As noted in the policy, this information may only be used during the course of a missing person investigation, and then only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement.
Please note that the law requires certain actions when a student has been missing for 24 hours. Any missing student report received by Campus Safety will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the director of campus safety and dean of students and, if deemed necessary, the initiation of the required steps will occur sooner.
If a member of the Keuka College community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify Campus Safety at ext. 5250 (off campus at 279-5250; if an area code is necessary, use 315). Campus Safety will generate a missing person report and immediately notify the Yates County Sheriff’s Office which will have primary responsibility for the investigation.
In addition to registering a general emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify, confidentially, an individual to be contacted by Campus Safety in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such an individual, Campus Safety will notify that person no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. A student’s confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement in the course of the investigation.
After investigating a missing person report, should Campus Safety, in conjunction with the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, determine that the student has been missing for 24 hours, Campus Safety will notify the student’s emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, the dean of students or the director of campus safety will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after it has been determined that the student has been missing for 24 hours.
The Office of Campus Safety is open 24/7, 365 days per year.