Lost and Found Property
Date of Current Revision: January, 2012
Responsible Officer: Director of University Unions
This policy outlines the procedures for recording, storing and returning or disposing of items turned in to a Lost and Found Center at any of the following locations:
Each of these areas has access to a central computer database for posting lost and found items.
The president of James Madison University has given the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Planning the responsibility and the authority to ensure that lost and found procedures are followed.
FASP – Fixed Assets and Surplus Property
This university office is responsible for managing the university's fixed assets, which includes land, buildings, improvements other than buildings, construction in progress and equipment.
Lost & Found:
A campus-wide program to record, store, return and/or dispose of items that have been found on campus utilizing a shared database for tracking and reporting.
Lost & Found Tag:
The front side contains information about the item, when it was found, and the lost and found ID number (from the database). The back side of the tag is used for claims (signature space provided).
An item turned in to a university Lost & Found Center.
Claiming Lost Items:
The process where owners of lost items identify a lost item as theirs and have it returned to them.
This policy applies to all JMU employees responsible for managing lost and found items.
Lost and Found Center staff members at all sites will accurately record the receipt of found items. Items will be stored in a secure location and retained for a period of at least 60 days.
The staff member collecting the lost items will complete a Lost & Found Tag. A Lost & Found Tag must be completed when any item is entered in the database. The item description, location found, date, receiver’s initials, and lost and found ID number must be recorded on this tag. The tag must then be attached to the item. If the item is a piece of jewelry or something small, a jewelry tag (provided by Fixed Assets & Surplus Property (FASP)) should be attached to the item and the lost and found ID # written on it. The staff member will check these items against “Lost Inquiries” and notify the owner when a match is made. All collections will be entered into the database and stored in a safe location.
Items of value (cash, credit/debit cards, checkbooks, checks, passports, wallets, valuable jewelry) can be held for three days by a Lost and Found Center to try to locate the owner to pick up the item. A Lost & Found Tag must be completed for these items and the information must be entered in the Lost and Found Database. The items and attached tags must then be placed in a security bag (provided by FASP) but the bag should not be sealed in case of inquiry. If the item of value is not claimed after three days, the bag must be sealed and then sent to Public Safety.
If a wallet is received at a Lost & Found Center, two employees must be present when it is opened and inventoried. If a fake ID is found in a wallet, it will be immediately sent to Public Safety. A Lost & Found Tag must be completed for wallets turned in and the information must be entered in the Lost & Found Database immediately. Wallets must be put in a security bag and kept in a secure location. After three days, they must be sent to Public Safety. No one other than the owner of the wallet is allowed to pick up the wallet.
Any illegal, unmarked, or mixed drugs found in items turned in to Lost & Found Centers must be immediately sent to Public Safety.
For any over-the-counter or prescription medicines not claimed within two weeks, Lost and Found Center staff members must follow these guidelines provided by the Health Center & FDA:
For any keys not claimed within 60 days, Lost and Found Center staff members must follow these guidelines:
Lost & Found Center Managers may attempt to find the owner of USB drives or similar devices by connecting them to a computer. Because anti-virus software detects only about 50% of viruses, the following procedures must be used when connecting the devices to university computers.
All JMU access cards (JAC) will be sent to the Campus Card Center after the Lost & Found Center staff employees have attempted to contact the owner with no success.
All lost plastic ware, soiled clothing, undergarments and toiletry items will be disposed of immediately after being turned in to a Lost and Found Center; these items will not be entered in the database.
Inquiries can be made at any university Lost and Found Center through an inquiry to the database or by contacting Lost & Found administration. Each Lost and Found Center will enter an Inquiry in the database that will be kept on file for a minimum of 90 days. Those seeking a lost item are encouraged to inquire at the Lost and Found Center closest to where the item was last seen.
6.3 Claiming Items
Persons claiming lost items must have photo identification, unless the item lost is a photo ID. The person claiming the lost item will sign for the item and provide identification. The item will then be updated as "claimed" in the database and purged after 30 days.
6.4 Fixed Assets and Surplus Property (FASP)
After the minimum 60-day retention period, Lost & Found sites can transfer the items to FASP. (Lost & Found Centers with storage space which want to hold onto items for 120 days may do so. When sending Lost & Found items to FASP, the items must be securely packaged or boxed and taped closed. An itemized listing (preferably from the Lost & Found database) must be taped to the package(s). If there is more than one package/box, number each box (e.g., Box 1 of 3). Contact FASP when Lost & Found packages are ready to be picked up (ext. 86931 or firstname.lastname@example.org). Do not have the Moving Crew pick them up. Packages sent to FASP should NOT contain:
The University Unions department will coordinate the Lost and Found Centers, and this policy will be condensed and advertised in The Breeze once each semester.
Sanctions will be commensurate with the severity and/or frequency of the offense and may include termination of employment or expulsion from the university.
The authority to interpret this policy rests with the president and is generally delegated to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Planning.
Previous Version: May, 2010
Approved by the President: April, 2002
FASP – Fixed Assets and Surplus Property
Lost and found
Lost & Found Tag
Claiming lost items