Washington State University
BUSINESS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

SAFETY AND SECURITY
50.48
Revised 11-12
WSU Police Services
335-8548

Lost and Found

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OVERVIEW

WSU encourages all citizens to turn in items of found property in accordance with this section and state law (RCW 63.21).

Any finder of property who fails to discharge the duties imposed by state law forfeits all right to the property and is liable for the full value of the property to its owner. (RCW 63.21.040)

Individuals who find lost items on University property are to bring the items to one of the following:

The building custodian takes all found property to the assigned lost and found location in the building where the item is found.

WSU Pullman Police Services

WSU Pullman Police Services does not normally accept found property from campus buildings, Martin Stadium, Beasley Coliseum, or University baseball or track areas, except as specifically described below. (See below for lost and found locations in specific buildings.)

Valuables or Money

WSU Pullman Police Services accepts valuable found property items (i.e., "valuables") or currency found in any University facility or area. For purposes of this section, "valuables" are defined as items valued at $25 or more and items of obvious value, e.g. jewelry.

Nonvaluable or Nonmonetary Items

WSU Police Services accepts nonvaluable or nonmonetary items that are found in public areas not associated with specific buildings or athletic events. (See below for lost and found locations in specific buildings.) For the purposes of this section, "nonvaluables or nonmonetary items" are defined as items valued at less than $25 or items of used personal property, e.g., clothing, umbrellas, personal belongings.

Other WSU Campuses

See below for non-Pullman campus departments/locations accepting valuables, money, nonvaluables, or nonmonetary items.

REQUIREMENTS

State law requires any University department which is responsible for receiving found property to attempt to notify the apparent owner of the property. (RCW 63.21.060)

Claims by Owner

To claim found property, the apparent owner must satisfactorily establish his or her ownership or right of possession.

Securing Found Property

A University unit holding found property is responsible for logging the receipt of the property and maintaining items in a secure location.

Nonvaluables or Nonmonetary Items

The department holding found nonvaluable or nonmonetary property must send written notice to the owner, if identified, or post notice of the items in a public place in one of the following:

See also above concerning nonvaluables or nonmonetary items found in public areas at WSU Pullman.

Disposition of Unclaimed Property (Nonvaluables or Nonmonetary Items)

If a nonvaluable or nonmonetary found item is not claimed by a valid owner after 60 days of posting notice, the responsible unit sends the item to Surplus Stores or a local area charitable organization.

Valuables or Money

At WSU Pullman, if valuable or monetary property is not returned to a valid owner after not less than ten days and not more than 30 days, the department forwards the found property to WSU Police Services.

At other campus locations, if valuable or monetary property is not returned to a valid owner after not less than ten days and not more than 30 days, the department forwards the found property to the local police department. See below and RCW 63.21.060.

NOTE: This section is not applicable to certain unclaimed property as defined in RCW 63.21.080 including, but not limited to motor vehicles, which are covered under RCW 46.52.

Disposition of Unclaimed Property (Valuables/Money)

If the found property remains unclaimed or not removed for a period of 60 days from the date of written notice to the owner, WSU Police Services or the local police department may:

Claim of Found Property By Finder

A WSU employee, officer, or agent of the University who finds or acquires any property covered by this policy while acting within the course of his or her employment may not claim possession of the found property as a finder under this policy. (RCW 63.21.070)

Claim Procedures

A finder interested in claiming found property must take the following steps:

Report Find

Within seven days of finding the property, the finder must report the find to the chief law enforcement officer or designee of the University campus where the property was found.

If requested, the finder must also surrender the property to the campus or local area chief law enforcement officer or designee.

Appraisal

The finder must acquire a signed statement setting forth an appraisal of the current market value of the property. The appraisal must be prepared by a qualified person engaged in buying and selling like items or by a district court judge. An appraisal is not required if the found property is U.S. currency.

The finder must submit a copy of the appraisal of the value of the property to the campus chief law enforcement officer or designee.

Written Notice of Claim

The finder must serve written notice to the officer of the finder's intent to claim the property if the owner fails to make out his or her right to the item(s), in accordance with RCW 63.21.

Public Notification

Within 30 days of the report, if the found property value is equal to or exceeds the cost of the public notification, the police department publishes notice at least once a week for two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the property was found. (A finder who claims the property bears the public notification costs plus $10.)

If the value of the found property is less than the cost of publishing the notice, the police department may cause notice to be posted or published in other media or formats that do not incur expense to the police department (e.g., University announcement).

After 60 Days

If unclaimed by the owner after 60 days, the police department releases the found property to the finder upon request. The finder must pay any applicable notice publication costs and fees before the property is released. (See "Public Notification" above.)

After 90 Days

If after 90 days from the date of reporting to the police department, the finder has not completed the requirements for claiming the found property, the finder's claim is expired and the property is disposed of as unclaimed property in accordance with RCW 63.32. (See also above.)

LOST AND FOUND AREAS

WSU Pullman

On the Pullman campus, many University buildings maintain lost and found areas.

See below for a listing of lost and found area locations on the WSU Pullman campus.

WSU PULLMAN
BUILDING

 
RM#

 
OFFICE

 
PHONE

Abelson

312

Biological Sciences

5-3553

Albrook Lab

202B

Hydraulics

5-5531

Alumni Centre

 

Front Desk

5-2586

Avery

202

English

5-2581

Bohler (and Athletics events, except those held in the Coliseum)

130

Athletics Office

5-0392

Bryan

206

International Programs

5-2541

Bustad

110

Dean's Office

5-9515

Carpenter

520

Architecture

5-5539

Clark (1st Floor)

116

Animal Science

5-5523

Clark (2nd - 4th Floors)

299

Institute of Biological Chemistry

5-0586

Cleveland and Education Addition

160

Dean's Office

5-1738

Coliseum (Beasley)

110

Main Office

5-3525

College

150

Anthropology

5-3441

Commons

110

Facilities Services, Capital

5-5571

Communication Addition (CADD)

101

Murrow College of Communication Dean's Office

5-1556

Compton Union Building (CUB)

Info Desk

Administration Office

5-9444

Daggy

201

General Studies

5-8731

Dana

146

College of Engineering Dean's Office

5-5593

Electrical/Mechanical Engineering

102

Electrical Engineering

5-6602

Exterior locations, e.g., Terrell Mall, and walkways

Safety Building

WSU Police Department (Front Desk)

5-8548

Fine Arts

5072

Main Office

5-8686

Food Quality

104

Ferdinand's Ice Cream Shoppe

5-2141

Food Science and Human Nutrition

106

Main Office

5-3843

French Ad

220

Purchasing

5-3541

Fulmer

305

Chemistry (Main Office)

5-5585

Heald

 

See Biological Sciences (Abelson 312)

5-3553

Holland Library

Main

Circulation Desk

5-9672

Hulbert

101

Economic Sciences

5-5556

Info Tech Building (ITB)

2147

Information Technology Services

5-7586

Johnson Hall

291D

Crop and Soil Sciences

5-3475

Johnson Tower

233

Psychology

5-2632

Kimbrough

260

Music

5-3898

Kruegel

51

Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles

5-1233

Lighty

360

Student Affairs

5-4531

Markley Motor Pool/Service Garage

Front Desk

Motor Pool

5-9085

Martin Stadium

Bohler 130

Athletics Office

5-0392

McCluskey

Main Desk

Facilities Services, Operations

5-9002

McCoy

Front Desk

Vet Clinic

5-0751

Morrill

108

WWAMI Clinic

5-2602

Murrow East (MURE) and
Murrow West (MURW)

MURW 382

Communications

5-6585

Neill

103

Mathematics

5-3926

Nuclear Radiation Center

50

Nuclear Radiation Center

5-8641

Owen Science Library

Main Floor

Circulation Desk

5-4181

Parking and Transportation Services Bldg., parking lots, and parking garages

Pkg. & Trans. Svcs. Main Desk

Parking and Transportation Services

5-7275

Physical Education Building (PEB)

101

PEACT (Phys. Ed. Activities) Office

5-1309

Publications

40

University Publishing

5-3518

Residence Halls

 

See the Hall Director

 

Safety Building

60

WSU Police Department

5-8548

Sloan

101

Civil Engineering

5-2576

Smith Center for Undergraduate Education

305

Writing Center

5-7959

Smith Hall

213

Biological Systems Engineering

5-1578

Smith Gym

 

See PEACT (PEB 101)

5-1309

Student Recreation Center

Service Counter

University Recreation

5-7441

Thompson

110

Foreign Languages

5-4135

Todd

570

Business

5-3596

Troy

 

See ITS (ITB 2147)

5-7586

Van Doren

106

Center for Distance and Professional Education

5-5454

Vet Teaching Hospital

Main Desk

Veterinary Teaching Hospital

5-0750

Washington Building

130

Health and Wellness Services Reception Desk

5-3575

Webster

341

Physics Teaching Lab

5-4722

Wegner Hall

170

Health Science Library

5-9556

Wilson

204

Sociology

5-4595

WSU Children's Center

Front Desk

WSU Children's Center

5-8847

WSU Spokane (Riverpoint Campus)

The Security department at WSU Spokane (Riverpoint Campus) maintains a locked depository for found property. The Security department inventories and logs all found property items stored in the depository.

Turn in found property to the Riverpoint Campus Security Office, located in the South Campus Facility building, Room 269.

To report a lost item, contact Riverpoint Campus Security directly; telephone 509-358-7995 (24-hours/day, seven days/week).

WSU Tri-Cities

On the Tri-Cities campus, bring found property items to the Copy and Mail Distribution Center located in West Building, Room 127.

Contact the Copy and Mail Distribution Center to report a lost item; telephone (509) 372-7273.

WSU Vancouver

On the Vancouver campus, turn all items of found property to the Public Safety Lost and Found located in the Facilities Operations Building, Room 15.

To report a lost item, contact Public Safety; telephone 360-546-9001, or send e-mail to:

wsuvcops@vancouver.wsu.edu