Missing Persons Policy

In accordance with the Missing Persons Policy, The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts shall respond to a missing student/resident report when a student who resides in on-campus housing has been missing for twenty-four hours.

Campus housing residents may register a confidential emergency contact to be notified if it is determined that a student is missing. Emergency contact information will only be available to campus housing staff, YACPA executive staff members, and law enforcement authorities in furtherance of a missing person investigation.

The registered confidential missing persons contact may be someone other than a student’s normal emergency contact.

The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts shall respond to a missing student/resident report when a student who resides in on-campus housing has been missing for twenty-four hours in accordance with the following procedural protocol.

Procedural Protocol for Report of Missing Student/Resident:
A missing student report shall be made to a Resident Advisor (RA), the Dean of Students or the Dean of Administrative Services. Whichever party receives the first report shall immediately notify the Dean of Students, who in turn shall inform the Dean of Administrative Services and College President and keep them informed of developments as they may occur.

Student Services staff shall, upon receipt of an initial report, immediately attempt to determine its credibility.

Staff shall first proceed to the student/resident’s room and knock.

  1. If the resident answers the door, he/she is no longer considered missing.
  2. If the roommate answers the door, staff shall determine if the roommate has seen or heard from the resident within the preceding 24 hours. If so, the student is no longer considered missing.
  3. If the roommate has not seen or heard from the student within the preceding 24 hours, go to step 6 below.
  4. If no one answers the door, staff personnel shall say “YA Staff” twice while continuing to knock on the door.
  5. If no one answers the door, staff shall use a master key to unlock the door. Staff shall open the door and say, “YA Staff, entering the apartment.”
  6. The door shall be propped open.
  7. Staff shall inspect the room to determine if the resident is present, either asleep or unconscious.
  8. If the student is in the room, he/she is no longer considered missing, but if the student is unconscious, staff shall immediately call 911 and follow emergency protocols.
  9. If the student is not located in their residence the Dean of Students is notified of the situation, the Dean shall retrieve the resident’s Emergency Contact Information, if applicable, and in any event proceed with the following until the student is located:
    1. Call the resident’s cell phone number if available.
    2. E-mail and Facebook the resident, seeking confirmation of his/her health and safety.
    3. Contact the resident’s professors to see if the resident has been in class recently.
    4. Call the Emergency Contact Person, if one has been named, to determine if such person knows the whereabouts of the resident.
    5. Call the Corona Police Department (951) 736-2330 and local 911 to report a possible missing student.
  10. After the Corona Police Department has investigated and determined that the resident is indeed missing, the Dean of Administrative
    Services (or designee) shall call the resident’s designated Emergency Contact Person to give notification of the results of the initial police investigation. For residents less than 18 years of age and not emancipated, parents/guardians shall be given similar notification.
  11. YACPA staff shall continue to cooperate and collaborate with law enforcement in continuing efforts to locate the missing student.

Campus housing residents may register a confidential emergency contact to be notified if it is determined that a student is missing. Emergency contact information will only be available to campus housing staff, YACPA executive staff members and law enforcement authorities in furtherance of a missing person investigation. It is highly recommended that residents take advantage of this program. Even if a student has not registered a confidential emergency contact, local law enforcement should be contacted.

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