Missing Student Policy

Safety is a major concern for everyone on campus, and NEC strives to provide an ideal environment for learning, working and living. NEC has instituted the Missing Student Notification Policy to enhance the safety and security of our students.

It is the policy of NEC to carefully investigate any report of a missing student who is enrolled and attending classes at NEC. Missing student investigations will be completed through the cooperation of the Office of Student Services and NEC Public Safety

In accordance with Federal statutes, if the student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, NEC must notify a custodial parent or guardian within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing, in addition to notifying any additional contact person designated by the student.

This Policy applies to all NEC students, whether or not they reside in student housing.

  • A resident student will be deemed missing when the student is reported absent from housing without any known reason.
  • A residential or commuting student may be deemed missing when the student is reported absent from the campus or from off-campus assignments with no explanation.
  • In the event of statements made by a student indicating a threat to self, that student shall be deemed as missing if the student is not in the company of a NEC official or family member.
  • Pursuant to 20 U.S.C. § 1092(j) and 34 C.F.R. § 668.46(h), it is required that any missing student report must be referred immediately to NEC's NEC Public Safety at 617-585-1777,
    • Public Safety will investigate each report and make a determination whether the student is in fact missing in accordance with this policy.

Students have the option to identify a confidential contact person or persons who will be notified within 24 hours in the event that a determination is made that the student is missing. Confidential contact information will be kept separate from general emergency contact information. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information. 

The NEC Public Safety will contact local police and other law enforcement agencies no later than 24 hours after NEC receives a report that any student is missing.

Off-Campus Students - in the event the potentially missing student lives off-campus:

  1. Contact the Dean of Students or the Associate Dean of Students.
  2. The Dean will call the student on their local phone number.
  3. If the student does not answer, the Dean will contact the student’s instructors to determine whether or not the student has been attending classes and rehearsals.
  4. If the Dean is unable to confirm the student has regularly been attending classes and rehearsals, the Dean will notify NEC Public Safety of the reported student.
  5. If the Dean is unable to locate the student within 24 hours, the Dean will call the student’s emergency contact.  (This information is available in student’s confidential file.)
  6. If the Dean is unable to locate the student within 48 hours, Public Safety or the Dean will notify the Boston Police.

Dean of Students: Nick Tatar (617) 585-1313

Senior Associate Dean of Students: Rebecca Teeters (617) 585-1311

24 hour Public Safety: (617) 585-1777

Director of Campus Security: Paul Lombardo  (617) 585-1246

On-Campus Students – in the event the potentially missing student lives on-campus:

  1. Contact a Residence Life staff member who will contact the Director of Residence Life and Housing.
  2. The Director of Residence Life and Housing will contact the student on their local phone number.
  3. If the student does not answer, the Director of Residence Life and Housing will contact the student’s roommate (if applicable) to determine the last time the student was seen in the room.
  4. The Director of Residence Life and Housing contacts the Dean of Students or the Senior Associate Dean of Students
  5. If the student was not seen by his/her roommate within past 24 hours, the Director of Residence Life and Housing will contact the Dean of Students or the Senior Associate Dean of Students to have one of them contact the student’s instructors to determine whether or not the student has been attending classes and rehearsals.
  6. If the Dean is unable to confirm the student has regularly been attending classes and rehearsals, the Dean or Director of Residence Life and Housing will notify Public Safety of the reported student.
  7. If the Dean and the Director of Residence Life and Housing are not able to locate the student within 24 hours, the Dean or Director of Residence Life and Housing will call the student’s emergency or missing persons contact. (This information is available in student’s confidential file.)
  8. If NEC staff members are unable to locate the student within 48 hours, Public Safety or the Dean will notify the Boston Police.


Resident Assistant on duty phone (617) 504-4395

Director of Residence Life and Housing: Steven Sweat (617) 585-1188

24 hour Public Safety: (617) 585-1777


The institution, by law, must contact the custodial parent or guardian and emergency contact person of a confirmed missing student who is under the age of 18 and not emancipated from their parents within 24 hours of determination that the student is missing.