Missing Person Policy

Tufts University has adopted the following policy with respect to students who are reported to be missing from the Tufts community, in accordance with the requirements of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

  • All students have the option to register a “missing person contact” to be notified in the event you are determined to be missing. The missing person contact, if one is so designated, may be in addition to and separate from the person you have designated as an emergency contact, which is already on file with the university. The university will consider your “emergency contact” to be the person to be notified if you are reported as missing and you did not specify another contact specifically for this purpose. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officials will have access to this information. Graduate students on the University’s Boston and Grafton campuses and those in the Fletcher School should go to the Registrar’s Office on their campus.
  • Students, employees, or other individuals should inform the Tufts University Police Department or the Office of Student Affairs if it is believed that a student is missing.
  • If it is determined that a student has been missing for more than 24 hours, or if circumstances require more immediate action, the university will notify the local law enforcement agency and the student’s missing person contact or, (if none has been designated) his or her designated emergency contact.