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 UMaine Police at (207) 581-4040. UMPD will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.
In addition to registering an emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by UMaine in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such an individual, UMaine 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 by completing and submitting the Student Confidential Contact Form through the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. This information will not be disclosed to anyone except law enforcement in connection with a missing person investigation.
Local law enforcement agencies will be notified of a missing person. A shared county-wide computer system allows all law enforcement agencies in Penobscot County access to UMPD reports and name records where the status of the missing person will be noted. Local agencies can also be notified by a Spillman system alert that shows on all computer screens on the system.
After investigating the missing person report, should UMaine PD determine that the student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, UMPD will notify the Old Town and Orono Police Departments, Maine State Police, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office. The student’s emergency contact and the Student Confidential contact will be notified 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, UMaine will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after UMPD has determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours and an immediate missing person entry will be made to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.
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