The term "missing student," for the purposes of this plan, shall refer to any Barnard College student, who resides in a facility owned or operated by Barnard College or Columbia University, who has not been seen by friends, or associates, for a reasonable length of time, whose whereabouts has been questioned and brought to the attention of a member of the Residence Life & Housing Staff, including resident assistants. The College will initiate the following procedure once advised that a student is missing, with no reasonable explanation for his/her absence. Ordinarily, the procedure will be initiated after at least a 24-hour period will have elapsed after a normal or scheduled event for which the student's presence has been expected. However, the College may waive the 24-hour period if circumstances warrant.
When registering online at the start of each semester, student will be asked to identify a Missing Person Contact person, whom the College shall notify if the student is determined missing. This contact information will be confidential and will be accessible only to authorized campus officials. In addition, the contact information shall not be disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.
In addition to the Designated Contact, parents of students who are under 18 years of age and not emancipated will also be contacted if such student is missing.