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Public Safety and Transportation


Missing Students Policy

We have a comprehensive plan in place.

Adelphi University has adopted and implemented a plan providing for the investigation of any missing student. These plans provide for the coordination of the investigation of missing students with local law enforcement agencies. This plan includes, but is not limited to, Memorandums of Understanding with the Garden City Police Department and the New York City Police Department. The University will notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, unless the local law enforcement agency was the entity that made the determination that the student is missing.

How to Report a Missing Student

Any report of a missing student should be made immediately to the Department of Public Safety at 516.877.3511. The Department will immediately contact the Dean of Student Affairs by telephone. Be prepared to give your name and phone number as well as provide all information possible regarding the missing person including a physical description, what they were wearing when they were last seen, where they were last seen, what physical condition they were in when last seen, if they are driving or have a vehicle and its description and who they were with. Be prepared to provide information on any medical or other special conditions that you know about. 

Note Regarding Parents/Guardians and Emergency Contacts of Resident Students:

  • If the student is under 18 years of age and not an emancipated individual, the University is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian or any other designated contact person no later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to have been missing.
  • If the student is over 18 years and provided an emergency contact, that emergency contact must be notified not later than 24 hours after the student is determined to have been missing. Students’ emergency contact information will be registered confidentially, and this information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials. It may not be disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.
  • If a parent/guardian or emergency contact cannot be contacted (reached), the local police must be informed no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to have been missing.

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For further information, please contact:

Public Safety and Transportation
Levermore Hall, Suite 113
p – 516.877.3500 or dial "5" from any on-campus phone

Regular Office Hours
Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

After hours calls will be received by the 24-hour Public Safety Command Center in Levermore Hall, Suite 113.

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