Missing Student Notification | Pepperdine University

Missing Student Notification

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 the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 310.506.4441. DPS will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.

In addition to registering a general emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by DPS in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such an individual, DPS will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. A student who wishes to identify a confidential contact can do so through the Housing and Residence Life web site when registering to live on campus. A student's confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement in the course of the investigation.

After investigating a missing person report, should DPS determine that the student has been missing for 24 hours, Pepperdine will notify the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the student's emergency contact 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, Pepperdine will notify the student's parent or legal guardian immediately after DPS has determined that the student has been missing for 24 hours.