Lost and Found

Type: 
Procedure
Category: 
Miscellaneous
Department: 
Public Safety
Phone: 
(541) 463-5558
Primary Contact: 
Jace Smith
Contact Email: 
Responsible Executive Authority: 
Vice President, College Services
Purpose: 

This procedure lists steps to take when turning in or reporting lost property. This procedure also describes action taken for locker contents.

Narrative: 

Public Safety is the official repository for lost and found property on the 30th Ave Campus.

Outreach locations (DTC, Florence & Cottage Grove) are the official repositories for their campuses. Persons finding lost items on these campus shall turn them in at the designated location. All other requirements of this procedure shall still be in effect

Individuals finding lost property shall contact Public Safety and make arrangements for the property to be picked up or delivered to Public Safety.   Lost property shall not be held in departments.  See Oregon Revised Statutes 164.065 "Theft of lost, mislaid property".

Individuals reporting lost property may do so by calling Public Safety (541) 463-5562 or by completing a lost property form in the Public Safety Office (Building 13, Room 107).  This will assist Public Safety in returning the property to the owner.

When possible, Public Safety will contact the owner and notify them that the lost property has been turned in – e.g. a lost property form on file, a name and address in a text book, identification in a back pack, etc.  For items with a presumed value greater than $100, a notice will be mailed to the last known address of the owner.

Found property will be held as follows:

  • Property of no obvious monetary or sentimental value will be held one week.
  • Property of an estimated value up to $100, with no obvious sentimental value, will be held for 30 days.
  • Items of an estimated value of over $100, or with obvious sentimental value, will be kept for 90 days.

Found items, not claimed within the time frame above, will be given to charity or processed through excess property.Persons finding property, who wish to take possession of the property if unclaimed, must so state when turning in the property.  This property will be held for 90 days.

  • For property valued under $100, the finder shall present evidence of advertising twice in The Weekly and The Torch.
  • For property valued over $100, the finder should turn it into Public Safety and follow ORS 98.005 "Rights and duties of finder of money or goods."

Exception for contents of PE lockers:  Personal clothing, and items with no obvious monetary or sentimental value, which are left in PE lockers at the end of the term will be kept at the locker cage for the term break and the first week of the next term.  Persons may claim their property there.  At the end of the first week of classes clothing will be donated to the No Cash Clothing Stash on campus.  Non-clothing items with presumed sentimental or monetary worth will be taken to Public Safety when the lockers are emptied.

Staff may not claim property that was found as part of their official duties.

Lane Community College is not responsible for property not turned in to the Public Safety office. Personal property is the responsibility of the owner.

Date Adopted: 
Saturday, March 1, 2003
Date Last Reviewed: 
Thursday, October 1, 2009