Safety & Security

Policy on Missing Persons

In 2003 President George W. Bush signed into law “Suzanne’s Law,” requiring police to notify the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) when someone between 18 and 21 is reported missing, as part of the national “Amber Alert” bill

If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify University Police at 978-934-2394. We will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation. 

After investigating the missing person report, should University Police determine that the student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, University Police will notify the Lowell Police Department and 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 University will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after it is determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.

In addition to registering an emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to confidentially identify an individual to be contacted by the University in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. This information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials, and may not be disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel in the furtherance of a missing person investigation. If a student has identified such an individual, the University will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. Students who wish to identify a confidential contact can do so when registering for student housing.