Missing Student Notification Policy

The Anchorage campus maintains a missing student notification policy and protocol for students who live on campus.

Missing Person Reports

If a resident has been missing or is believed to have been missing for 24 hours, individuals should report this to Residence Life or the University Police Department (UPD). UPD may be contacted 24 hours a day at (907) 786-1120. Residence Life may be contacted at (907) 751-7202 during business hours. During non-business hours, individuals may contact the Resident Advisor (RA) on duty.

  • MAC Apartments and North Hall: 907-529-9176
  • Templewood Townhomes and West Hall: 907-529-9178

Every report of a missing student must be forwarded to one of the entities listed above regardless of how long the student is believed to have been missing. Individuals should not wait a full 24 hours to make a report.

Once University officials receive a report that a student may be missing, they will immediately notify UPD. If University officials and/or UPD determine that a student is indeed missing, they will contact the Anchorage Police Department (APD) within 24 hours of when that determination is made and proceed with the missing student notification protocol. The only instance in which APD would not be contacted is if APD was the entity that made the determination that the student is missing.

Should a missing person report be filed on a resident's behalf, Residence Life will gather information from the individual reporting the missing person and University databases, to include details about the reason for the report and any information that can be gathered about the missing student such as:

  • Personal description;
  • Clothing last worn;
  • Locations where the resident may be;
  • Vehicle descriptions;
  • Information concerning the physical and mental well-being of the student;
  • Up-to-date photographs;
  • Class schedule; and/or
  • Roommates, witnesses or other persons who may have more information.

Residence Life staff may use any or all of the following actions to assist in locating the student:

  • Go to the student's room and if the student is not present, enter the student's room with UPD present;
  • Talk to the resident's roommates;
  • Secure a photo of the student;
  • Call or text the student's cell phone;
  • Call other phone numbers on record;
  • Send the student an email;
  • Check all possible campus locations the student may be; and/or
  • Check the student's vehicle.

Along with notifying UPD and APD, Residence Life staff will notify the resident’s confidential missing person contact and, if the resident is less than 18 years of age and not emancipated, the custodial parent or guardian of the resident. This notification will occur within 24 hours of determining that the student is missing..

Residents Younger than 18 Years Old

Residents who are under the age of 18 must provide parental emergency contact information on an online form  completed prior to housing check-in. Residents may also annually identify a confidential contact to be notified within 24 hours if the student is determined to be missing. Students will identify their confidential contact on a separate form completed prior to  housing check-in and will be informed that the confidential contact information will only be used by authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers during a missing person investigation, and that it may not be disclosed in any other instance.  

Residents may make changes to their emergency contact and confidential contact on their Housing Page on UAOnline. Anchorage campus professionals must notify both the resident's custodial parents or guardians and their additional confidential contact within 24 hours when a resident younger than 18 years old is determined to be missing.

Residents 18 Years and Older

Residents may annually identify a confidential contact to be notified within 24 hours if the student is determined to be missing. When students are informed of their option to provide a confidential contact, they are advised that only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers will have access to this information, it will only be used in the furtherance of a missing person investigation and that it may not be disclosed outside of a missing person investigation.

Residents may register a confidential contact on a form completed prior to housing check-in. They may make changes to this information on their Housing Page on UAOnline.

For all missing students, regardless of age, UAA will notify APD within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, unless APD was the entity that made the determination that the student is missing.

Missing Students Procedures

Should University officials and/or UPD investigate and determine that a residential student is missing, contact will then be made to the resident’s confidential contact, if that contact information has been provided, within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing. If the student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, University officials or UPD will notify the student’s parent or guardian and any other designated contact within 24 hours.

Regardless of whether the student has identified an emergency and/or a confidential contact, is above the age of 18, or is an emancipated minor, UAA will inform the Anchorage Police Department that the student is missing within 24 hours.

Note: The Missing Student Notification Policy is maintained in UAA’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report under the section heading titled Missing Student.