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Reporting Incidents

The DePauw Public Safety Office, working closely with other local law enforcement agencies, will promptly investigate all reports.

If you are reporting a FIRE, the need for an AMBULANCE,

or need EMERGENCY POLICE SERVICES

                              ...CALL 911

  • Give your name, location and telephone number.

  • State the nature of the problem

  • If possible, stay on the line until Officers arrive

All other calls for non-emergency police and security services should be directed to Public Safety, at 765-658-5555, or by utilizing one of the campus convenience phones located throughout the University. Reporting criminal activity will assist the Public Safety Office in providing Timely Warnings/Crime Alerts, issue Emergency Notifications and provides information for inclusion in the University's Annual Report.

Silent Witness is an anonymous email reporting tool. Use this link to send an email to Public Safety to report any suspicious or criminal activity.

Greencastle Police and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department are also resources for reporting criminal activity.  They can be reached through Putnam County Central  Dispatch at 765-653-5115.

Lower level situations occurring in residence halls:

  • Contact the Resident Assistant (RA) on your floor or the RA on duty.  Public Safety can page the RA on duty for you.

  • Business Hours, contact Campus Living and Community Development at 765-658-4500

Situations Requiring Counseling Services:

  • DePauw Counseling Services      765-658-4268

  • A counselor is on call 24 hours a day. Please call Public Safety at 765-658-5555 and they will page the counselor on call after business hours.

Pastoral counselors and professional counselors are encouraged to inform the persons they are counseling of reporting procedures, including the Silent Witness reporting procedure, when they feel it is appropriate.  Information collected will be included in the Annual Report and disclosure of crime statistics.

MISSING STUDENT

Definition of a Missing Student any person who is a student of DePauw University who resides in a facility owned, operated or approved by the institution and is reported missing from his or her residence.

If it is believed that a student is missing, immediate referral to the University’s police (Public Safety) is required. Public Safety Officers are trained in the investigation of crimes, including missing persons.

Reporting Procedure:

• Dial 911 and/or Public Safety ...............................................................101 E. Seminary St.

 Phone.............................................................................................. X5555 or (765) 658-5555

 (Calling Public Safety will put you in contact with a Public Safety Police Officer.)

You may also choose to contact:  

• Dean of Students Office................................................................ Room 210 Union Building

 Phone.............................................................................................. X4270 or (765) 658-4270

• Campus Living and Community Development Office ............1st Floor of Anderson St. Hall

 Phone.............................................................................................. X4500 or (765) 658-4500

Both of these Offices will make immediate notice to the Public Safety Office when a student has been reported missing.

Missing Student Procedure:

• Upon receipt of information concerning a possible missing student from any office on campus, notify the Public Safety Office immediately.

• Immediate attempts will be made to locate the student.

• Officials will attempt to determine the last known whereabouts of the student using resources available to them, including but not limited to:

 1. Questioning roommates, friends, Faculty/Staff

 2. Calling and/or texting the student’s “local” number, in most cases this is the student’s cell number provided on the “Student Verification Form”

 3. Determining the location and time of the most recent use of the Card Access System

 4. Email: Determining the most recent log in to this service

 5. Eservices: Determining the most recent access to this site

 6. Novell: Determining the most recent log in

 7. Vehicle location: Checking of parking registrations, tickets, etc.

• Officials will consult with a Dean from the Student Life Division in order to update them and receive additional information. The Dean of Students will ascertain if/when other members of the Cabinet and/or University Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) should/will be notified.

• Public Safety Police Officers will follow any information that may lead to determining the current location of the student.

• No later than 24 hours after determining that the student is missing, notification must be made to the “Emergency Contact.”

• For those students who are under age 18, and not emancipated, the institution must notify a custodial parent or guardian when the student is missing, in addition to any additional contact person designated by the student.

    • Students have the option to provide an Emergency Contact Person and a Missing Contact Person. The Missing Contact person may be the same or different from Emergency Contact Person, and is not required to be the student’s parent or guardian. The Missing Person contact is the person that will be contacted in the event the student is reported missing, within 24 hours of the report.
    • Students may designate their Emergency Contact Person and their Missing Contact Person via their “Student Enrollment Verification” on e-services. Students may also update their “Student Profile” one-services to update that contact information. In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 2008, the Missing Contact Person will be registered confidentially and the information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials and will not be disclosed except to law enforcement individuals in furtherance of a missing person investigation.
    • If a student is under the age of 18 and not emancipated, the institution must notify a custodial parent or guardian when the student is missing, in addition to any additional contact person designated by the student.

• Regardless of whether the student has identified a contact person, is below the age of 18, or is an emancipated minor, if a student is missing, the Public Safety Office should be notified.

• Public Safety will notify Greencastle City Police, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana State Police, no later than 24 hours after determination of a missing person from campus. If abduction is suspected, a thorough and aggressive investigation will commence immediately utilizing all possible resources of all agencies.

• Once the student has been located, notification will be made to those University Offices involved in attempts to locate the student, as well as any additional Law Enforcement Agencies that have been made aware of the missing student.