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Lost and Found Procedure

Lost and Found provides for the care, restitution, sale and destruction of unclaimed, lost, or abandoned property. The goal of Lost and Found is to ensure all lost items are returned to their rightful owner in a timely and efficient manner.

Lost and Found maintains lost and abandoned property as per the following retention schedule:

Value Retention Period
Under $300 1 month
$300 or above Minimum 3 months
Cash 3 months

Property valued at $300 or above is routinely sold at auction after the retention timeframe has passed. If no bid is made, the property is disposed of as deemed appropriate by Lost and Found. Property valued at less than $300 is routinely disposed of after the retention timeframe has passed as deemed appropriate by Lost and Found. Disposition methods include, but are not limited to, transfer to campus department, donate to not-for-profit organization, auction/sale and destruction.

Unclaimed cash may be returned to the finder after the expiration of the three month period, unless the property has been found by a University employee in the course of his/her employment.

To Claim Property

To claim property, contact the main Lost and Found office. To ensure property is returned to the rightful owner, Lost and Found requires the claimant to provide a valid picture identification and to sign-off on the property release log.

To Turn in Lost and/or Abandoned Property

In coordination with Lost and Found, other campus departments have established drop-off locations within their departments. Individuals may drop-off single items at the main Lost and Found office or at these drop-off locations.

Campus departments that facilitate collection of lost and/or abandoned property within their building are to routinely contact the main Lost and Found office for pick-up and/or routinely deliver these items to the main Lost and Found office.