Stephen F. Austin State University

Missing Student Notification Policy


Stephen F. Austin State University is committed to creating and maintaining an institutional environment which promotes the safety and well being of its students. To this end, the University has established a policy (D-56) and procedure designed to identify and assist enrolled SFA students who reside in on-campus housing and who have been reported missing for more than 24 hours. This policy is enacted in compliance with the requirements outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

All students have an opportunity to designate a contact person who will be notified in the event the student is determined to be missing. This contact information is separate from the emergency contact information a student may have provided as part of the registration process and will not be disclosed outside of a missing person investigation.

To register a confidential contact, log on to MySFA and click the link marked, "Missing Student Notification - Confidential Contact Info."

If a student fails to provide a separate contact person to be notified in a missing person investigation, the University may contact any person listed as an emergency contact for the student. If the student deemed missing is younger than 18 years of age and is not emancipated, the University Police Department is required to notify the parent or guardian of the missing student within 24 hours after that determination is made.