In accordance with the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Section 485 (j), LaGrange College follows these guidelines concerning missing students who reside in campus housing.

Residence students will be informed (at the beginning of fall and spring semesters) that they have the option to identify an individual that the College can contact within 24 hours after the time that a student has been determined to be missing by the designated officials authorized to make that determination,

specifically, the Assistant Director of Housing, or Vice President for Student Engagement & Dean of Students. The confidential contact may be the person designated by the student in addition to the designated emergency contact. In cases where a student has not designated a separate missing person contact, the emergency contact on record will be notified.

For students under 18 years of age (and not emancipated), the College will notify a custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours after the time the student has been officially determined to be missing.

A student is determined to be missing when the College’s Residential Education & Housing staff (including Resident Advisors, Assistant Director of Housing, and/or the Vice President for Student Engagement & Dean of Students) verify that the report information is credible and that the circumstances warrant declaring the student as missing.

Once a student is determined to be missing, the Vice President for Student Engagement & Dean of Students or Assistant Director of Housing will contact the student’s designated contact. In addition, the LaGrange Police Department may also be contacted.

At the beginning of each semester, the Residential Education & Housing staff will collect the following information from each residence student: 

  • Student’s full legal name
  • LC ID #
  • Residence Hall and Room Number
  • Student’s cell phone number
  • The name and relationship of the person(s) the student wants to be contacted
  • A home and/or cell phone number for that contact person(s)
  • An email address for that contact person(s)
  • A home address for that person(s)

The student is responsible for keeping this contact information updated and accurate.

This information will be kept confidential and on file in the Housing Office.