Lost and Found Policy

This policy is intended to ensure that items reported lost or found are properly accounted for and, in the case of items found, returned to their rightful owners, donated, recycled, or disposed of.

The Department of Campus Safety and Security (CSS) will receive and collect lost and found items and store them in the property room until claimed by the owner or for a period of 90 days. After 90 days, any unclaimed property will be donated, recycled, or destroyed.

All found Property must be logged into the Automated Records Management System (ARMS) and assigned a property tag. When an item is claimed, a release of property waiver must be completed and signed before any item is returned to the owner. The waiver is to be filed in an appropriate folder and the ARMS entry must be updated. Items turned in will be held for a period of 90 days from date of intake. At the determination of the CSS Manager or designee, all remaining unclaimed items will be purged from the inventory by one of the following methods: donated, recycled, destroyed, or returned to the finder. Cash money turned in to CSS will be logged by the same process and will be secured within the property room. Unclaimed money will be distributed to the Student Government Association (SGA) at the conclusion of the current 90-day period.

Security will not hold the following items: Clothing, notes, notebooks, coffee mugs, thermoses, water bottles, plates, bowls, eating utensils, food, or drinks.

Any items collected as evidence will be given to the CSS Manager or designee, to be stored in a secure location until handed over to law enforcement for further investigation.